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1I've been hacked (?) Empty I've been hacked (?) on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:45 am

wprager

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Either my personal e-mail account has been hacked or my laptop's been infected. This morning I saw a "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)" in my Inbox, and when I checked it out it was definitely spam, sent from my personal e-mail account. What I'm not sure about is whether my laptop has been infected or my account has been hacked (aim.com has a web interface). First thing I did was go offline (by disabling wireless) and run Trend Micro Office Scan. It's still running but nothing so far. Then I changed the SMTP server hostname to a bogus one in my T-bird account settings (not sure if that makes a difference or not). After that I went back online and changed the password on my e-mail account.

At this point I don't know if someone has hacked my account or if my laptop is infected with a virus.


  • there is nothing in my Sent folder for this e-mail (my Sent folder is on the server, so that doesn't prove it wasn't sent from my laptop)
  • there are also several "Returned mail: see transcript…" items in my Spam folder (not sure why it's in the Spam folder, since the body of the message does not include the original message text; however it does include the subject)
  • at least one of the e-mails mentioned in the To-list of one of the "Returned emails" in my Spam folder was an e-mail address that I don't have in my address book (Personal address book, Contacts and Collected Addresses) in T-Bird; however when I went to the web-based client, composed an e-mail and typed in the start of that e-mail address, it auto-completed it for me
  • this makes me think pretty strongly that it was my account that was hacked, and not my laptop being infected – does that sound right?


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2I've been hacked (?) Empty Re: I've been hacked (?) on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:56 am

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Ya. Changing your password should do it. It happened to me in the past as well. I scanned for viruses and found nothing, but changing the pw prevented it from happening again. Good luck.

3I've been hacked (?) Empty Re: I've been hacked (?) on Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:36 pm

wprager

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Trend Micro finally finished, found 17 instances of "grayware" which were all cookies that it cleaned out; no viruses or worms or anything like that -- and TrendMicro is kept up-to-date at work.

OK, hopefully a pw change will do the trick.


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4I've been hacked (?) Empty Re: I've been hacked (?) on Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:50 pm

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Hope you didn't use that e-mail address/password as a logon for another site. if so change it as well (I am probably preaching to the choir here).

5I've been hacked (?) Empty Re: I've been hacked (?) on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:55 pm

wprager

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Hoags wrote:Hope you didn't use that e-mail address/password as a logon for another site. if so change it as well (I am probably preaching to the choir here).

I use that e-mail address for lots of places, but not the same password. Atleast not usually.


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