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Wafflycathcsdir

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It's come to my attention this morning, that my email might have been hacked into and used to send
out pornographic emails.

If you receive have received any email purporting to be from me that is of that type, please rest
assured it is not from *me*.

I have been in contact with AOL and have to say, I am not impressed by their lack of response to my
concern on this. The only way my email could have been hacked, if that is what has happened -
according to AOL, is for my password to have been hacked. As I do not give out my password to
anyone, plus I run a firewall, I can only assume that AOL security is perhaps not what it might be.

Sincerely

helen simmons

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Daniel Auger

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On 9 Jun 2003, wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter wrote:

> It's come to my attention this morning, that my email might have been hacked into and used to send
> out pornographic emails.
>
> If you receive have received any email purporting to be from me that is of that type, please rest
> assured it is not from *me*.
>
> I have been in contact with AOL and have to say, I am not impressed by their lack of response
> to my concern on this. The only way my email could have been hacked, if that is what has
> happened - according to AOL, is for my password to have been hacked. As I do not give out my
> password to anyone, plus I run a firewall, I can only assume that AOL security is perhaps not
> what it might be.

Bad luck. Are you sure that your account was actually hacked? It is very easy to fake
"From" headers?

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Mike Quin

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[email protected] (wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter) writes:

> I have been in contact with AOL and have to say, I am not impressed by their lack of response
> to my concern on this. The only way my email could have been hacked, if that is what has
> happened - according to AOL, is for my password to have been hacked. As I do not give out my
> password to anyone, plus I run a firewall, I can only assume that AOL security is perhaps not
> what it might be.

The most likely explanation is that a spammer has forged the 'From:' line on his messages to appear
to have come from you. This is fairly common, with addresses picked at random from the lists that
the spammers use.

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Wafflycathcsdir

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>account was actually hacked? It is very easy to fake "From" headers?

Just going off what AOL told me had likely happened :-(

Cheers, helen s

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Clean up the waste & get rid of the trapped wind to send a reply

Any speeliong mistake$ aR the resiult of my cats sitting on the keyboaRRRDdd
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Wafflycathcsdir

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>The most likely explanation is that a spammer has forged the 'From:' line on his messages to appear
>to have come from you. This is fairly common, with addresses picked at random from the lists that
>the spammers use.

entirely possible - but I'm just going off what AOL told me had likely happened
:-(

Cheers, helen s

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Clean up the waste & get rid of the trapped wind to send a reply

Any speeliong mistake$ aR the resiult of my cats sitting on the keyboaRRRDdd
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Dave

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"wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> >The most likely explanation is that a spammer has forged the 'From:' line on his messages to
> >appear to have come from you. This is fairly common, with addresses picked at random from the
> >lists that the spammers use.
>
> entirely possible - but I'm just going off what AOL told me had likely
happened
> :-(
>
> Cheers, helen s
>
Just further backs up my theory about computers - spawn of satan sent to confuse and distress
us ;-) Dave.
p.s - it isn't the PSF alter ego branching out into a new business is it ? ;oD
 
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Marc

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wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter <[email protected]> wrote:

> It's come to my attention this morning, that my email might have been hacked into and used to send
> out pornographic emails.

No bibshorts I trust?

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Toby Barrett

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[email protected] (wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter) wrote in
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> Oh no - the PSF is very, very proper!

And there was I thinking that these messages contained explicit pictures of attractive young people
in bib-shorts!

Toby

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Frank

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"wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> It's come to my attention this morning, that my email might have been
hacked
> into and used to send out pornographic emails.
>

What a relief I had been very concerned when I saw posts seemingly to be from you discussing
maternal bosums heaving and giving out invitations to kiss your ring.

I'm glad to hear these licentous posts were the work of an imposter.
 
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Wafflycathcsdir

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>I'm glad to hear these licentous posts were the work of an imposter.

Ack Frank - the stuff I found out about via email this morning was *nasty* and not at all even
vaguely amusing. It really was some nasty stuff :-(

Cheers, helen s

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Clean up the waste & get rid of the trapped wind to send a reply

Any speeliong mistake$ aR the resiult of my cats sitting on the keyboaRRRDdd
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Frank

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"wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> >I'm glad to hear these licentous posts were the work of an imposter.
>
> Ack Frank - the stuff I found out about via email this morning was *nasty*
and
> not at all even vaguely amusing. It really was some nasty stuff :-(
>
> Cheers, helen s
>

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist :eek:(.

Seriously one thing I would check is that you don't have a virus, these can read through your
outlook contact lists and send emails to people you know - which is infinitely worse than just a
random mailing (business contacts etc). You said you ran a firewall, but you didn't mention
anti-virus. If you don't have anti-virus running you should check your machine immediately.

http://www.grisoft.com/

Is good and free.

I would also advise, don't believe too much of what AOL tell you they probably are just talking off
the top of their heads and haven't even investigated.
 
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Steve Peake

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On 09 Jun 2003 12:06:14 GMT, wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter wrote:

>>I'm sorry, I couldn't resist :eek:(.
>
>:) Don't worry Frank - I didn't take offence at you.
>
>>Seriously one thing I would check is that you don't have a virus, these can read through your
>>outlook contact lists and send emails to people you know -
>
> I have an up-to-date virus checker & have it running all the time I'm online + never, but never
> open attachments from anyone I'm not expecting one from and even then - I vrisus check before
> opening, plus virus check entire system daily, etc., etc and don't use outlook. Short of viewing
> the computer screen via a condom stretched over it, I practice safe computing :)

is worth checking again, the new bugbear virus is spreading like mad at the moment, I've had 5
copies on email and the work network is exploding.

Symantec has a removal tool to check with

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/[email protected] moval.tool.html

Steve
 
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Jim Price

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wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter wrote:
>>Seriously one thing I would check is that you don't have a virus, these can read through your
>>outlook contact lists and send emails to people you know -
>
> I have an up-to-date virus checker & have it running all the time I'm online + never, but never
> open attachments from anyone I'm not expecting one from and even then - I vrisus check before
> opening, plus virus check entire system daily, etc., etc and don't use outlook.

Thats covered most things!

> Short of viewing the computer screen via a condom stretched over it, I practice safe computing :)

<possibility of granma-egg-sucking-lesson> Um, there is one more thing. If you use Internet
Explorer, there are (far too) frequent updates for it. A lot of these are patches for
vulnerabilities which can lead to viruses and trojans landing on your computer from malicious web
pages. You won't get much protection from these from the measures you mentioned (not sure about
"etc., etc). I find it easier to use a different browser.

Also, once you have had something like this, its a _really_ good idea (after removing it) to change
all your passwords.

FWIW, I have a bargepole here specifically intended for not touching AOL.

Jim Price
 
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Tony Raven

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In news:[email protected], wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter
<[email protected]> typed:
> It's come to my attention this morning, that my email might have been hacked into and used to send
> out pornographic emails.
>
> If you receive have received any email purporting to be from me that is of that type, please rest
> assured it is not from *me*.
>

You mean the ones with the links to websites showing butt naked paving slabs?

Tony

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Just Zis Guy

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"wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> >account was actually hacked? It is very easy to fake "From" headers?

> Just going off what AOL told me had likely happened :-(

I would be inclined to think that any technical pronouncement from AOL should be assumed wrong until
proven completely wrong :)

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about it perhaps you could think when we talk of bicycles, that you see them printing their proud
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Just Zis Guy

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> is worth checking again, the new bugbear virus is spreading like mad at
the
> moment, I've had 5 copies on email and the work network is exploding.

I use non-Microsoft mail servers and clients for exactly that reason :)

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I wonder if you wouldn't mind piecing out our imperfections with your thoughts; and while you're
about it perhaps you could think when we talk of bicycles, that you see them printing their proud
wheels i' the receiving earth; thanks awfully.
 
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Wafflycathcsdir

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>You mean the ones with the links to websites showing butt naked paving slabs?

Well not paving slabs Tony, and it included video and it was *nasty* :-(

Cheers, helen s

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Tony Raven

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In news:[email protected], Just zis Guy, you know?
<[email protected]> typed:
>
> I use non-Microsoft mail servers and clients for exactly that reason
> :)

<?>

From: "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> <snip> X-MimeOLE: Produced By
Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1165 X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1158

</?>

Tony

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Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
 
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Just Zis Guy

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"Tony Raven" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> In news:[email protected], Just zis Guy, you know?
> <[email protected]> typed:

> > I use non-Microsoft mail servers and clients for exactly that reason

> <?> From: "Just zis Guy, you know?" <[email protected]> <snip> X-MimeOLE: Produced By
> Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1165 X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1158 </?>

That'll be my newsreader. I use Outhouse for news in the office because I can't be bothered to
set up Agent.

My web servers and mail servers mostly run IBM Domino software, my primary mail client is Notes, and
most of my servers are running Linux. We had a team in recently conducting a security audit on
behalf of a customer. They proved beyond doubt that IIS specific exploits don't affect either Domino
or Apache on Linux. Butit did take them a while :)

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I wonder if you wouldn't mind piecing out our imperfections with your thoughts; and while you're
about it perhaps you could think when we talk of bicycles, that you see them printing their proud
wheels i' the receiving earth; thanks awfully.
 
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David Hansen

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On Mon, 9 Jun 2003 16:15:23 +0100 someone who may be "Just zis Guy, you know?"
<[email protected]> wrote this:-

>We had a team in recently conducting a security audit on behalf of a customer. They proved beyond
>doubt that IIS specific exploits don't affect either Domino or Apache on Linux. Butit did take them
>a while :)

Ha ha. I bet they were paid a lot of money for their shoddy work as well.

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