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ok. so for the past 4 days i have been getting Delivery Status Notification Faliures from one of my email accounts. The problem....i havent sent anything out from that email. havent even logged in from my computer in months and only have it on my phone. its been emailing my 3 contacts somehow. any ideas? i just changed my password just incase. thanks.
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I don't see how it's a dumb question. My best guess is that you have been infected with a virus and/or your email account has been compromised to send out (probably spam) messages.
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Unfortunately, this is a relatively common occurrence right now and it's a new attempt at sending out spam to people. The good news is that it seems to be a one-time attack, and it's also harmless to all of your systems.

The bad news is now we have to have new passwords (if nothing else but for peace of mind). Worse than that, any e-mails that get sent successfully by these spam bots could cause friends in your contacts to be like "Hey, why did you send this to me?"

Anyway, the point is that there's nothing to worry about other than making sure your new password is much better than the old one.
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Unfortunately, this is a relatively common occurrence right now and it's a new attempt at sending out spam to people. The good news is that it seems to be a one-time attack, and it's also harmless to all of your systems.

The bad news is now we have to have new passwords (if nothing else but for peace of mind). Worse than that, any e-mails that get sent successfully by these spam bots could cause friends in your contacts to be like "Hey, why did you send this to me?"

Anyway, the point is that there's nothing to worry about other than making sure your new password is much better than the old one.
is it on my phone than? its sending out emails when my pc is off. makes me think its somehow on my phone than. Using a Droid x.

BTW thanks for the quick responses.
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is it on my phone than? its sending out emails when my pc is off. makes me think its somehow on my phone than. Using a Droid x.

BTW thanks for the quick responses.
It's on the mail server itself. They're the ones getting hacked, not you. It just happens to be your personal e-mail account, but it's still all on the server side.
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It's on the mail server itself. They're the ones getting hacked, not you. It just happens to be your personal e-mail account, but it's still all on the server side.
ohh ok lol. like i said, dumb here lol. thanks.
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ohh ok lol. like i said, dumb here lol. thanks.
Oh man, no don't worry. This happened to me like 2 months ago to an old Comcast e-mail account of mine that I haven't touched in like 5-6 years (at least). For some reason I got the itch to do some cleaning. So I logged into all of my old Comcast e-mail accounts through Firefox and cleaned them up. One of them had all of these non-deliverable e-mails of spam that were all sent to every contact in my address book. Fortunately, my address book was very small and all of those e-mail addresses no longer exist!

So I emptied my address book, put myself in there (just in case!), changed my password, and it's been fine ever since.
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Oh man, no don't worry. This happened to me like 2 months ago to an old Comcast e-mail account of mine that I haven't touched in like 5-6 years (at least). For some reason I got the itch to do some cleaning. So I logged into all of my old Comcast e-mail accounts through Firefox and cleaned them up. One of them had all of these non-deliverable e-mails of spam that were all sent to every contact in my address book. Fortunately, my address book was very small and all of those e-mail addresses no longer exist!

So I emptied my address book, put myself in there (just in case!), changed my password, and it's been fine ever since.
should i be happy or sad that it was spamming steams support email(one of my contacts)? LOL
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should i be happy or sad that it was spamming steams support email(one of my contacts)? LOL
hehehehe you could be like "was it good for you? I need a cigarette."
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hehehehe you could be like "was it good for you? I need a cigarette."
LOL thanks i needed a good laugh this morning. Stressing my butt off. wife has an interview that can change our life in 17 mins....
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