Address book hijacked ??

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I received an email supposedly from my son who is in Dubai and on
opening it I find that it is from another email address and is one of
those Viagra adverts--
Is the result of malware ?
Your advice (but no further sales pitches ) please --Richard

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| I received an email supposedly from my son who is in Dubai and on
| opening it I find that it is from another email address and is one of
| those Viagra adverts--
| Is the result of malware ?
| Your advice (but no further sales pitches ) please --Richard

The actual email address was compromised, not hijacked.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Thank you Dave,but could you please explain how that would be done ?
Regards,Richard

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 06:25:42 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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I read you original question as to how they got their hands on that
address. That could be done using malware which captured your address
book but had no further malicious intent. You can of course put anything
you want in the from address field.
I find people are very careless in forwarding message which themselves
may have been forwarded with a whole list of cc's. They seem not to know
what the bcc thing does.

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This is likely the address book having been hijacked as the OP
suggested.  If this is true, there are two possibilities: the
malware got into the target computer and used the address book
to send spam emails from that computer; or the malware actually
uploaded the address book into the hands of hackers, after which
(perhaps after being traded around) it was used to send the spam.

Steve

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| Thank you Dave,but could you please explain how that would be done ?
| Regards,Richard

It doesn't have to be malware related to you or your son.

It could be that his email address was in a distribution list and was then
harvested.
Once the address was harvested it was then used to in an a spam email pretending
to be
him.


--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Thanks very much Dave , I now realise that my son does in fact forward
mail that he receives without removing the addreses. Much
appreciated,Richard

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:13:38 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:41:00 +0200, Richard Oliver

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I put a lot of blame on the authors of the e-mail programs, all
multple "To"s should automatically be changed to BCC  and e-mails with
multiple e-mail addresses in the body, should have the program warn
about the possible  implications.

Rest of the blame is on the users of the e-mail programs. Too lazy to
do it in the safest way.

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Malware is so closely tied to spam these days, that it is a good bet.

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IMO the problem is on his end. He needs to remove malware from his
computer most likely.




Re: Address book hijacked ??

Thank you gentlemen----that seems to be the answwer--I have passed your
responses to my son. Kindest,Richard


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