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Hey all,

for some reason spam is being send from my sisters mail account.
It only contains a link to one of does medicen sites. Is there a way to stop it?
she is using a hotmail account.

She is using a Apple Macbook pro so malware/virus isn't in the picture.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 14
if its through msn, u can probly scan for those stupid weird viruses.

if its from hotmail itself, i got no clue :S, change pass?
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post #3 of 14
Change the password and make it like xGGj59a6z - don't use this one, just suggesting a format with numbers and capital letters! Though it is possible to "spoof" the originating address. For instance I get emails from support @ blizzard.com asking for my world of warcraft password so it's not impossible that they got a hold of her address somehow and are just faking mails being sent from it.
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post #4 of 14
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Quote:
if its through msn, u can probly scan for those stupid weird viruses.

if its from hotmail itself, i got no clue :S, change pass?
The links are being send from hotmail.com not via MSN.

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Change the password and make it like xGGj59a6z - don't use this one, just suggesting a format with numbers and capital letters! Though it is possible to "spoof" the originating address. For instance I get emails from support @ blizzard.com asking for my world of warcraft password so it's not impossible that they got a hold of her address somehow and are just faking mails being sent from it.
There isn't away to 'block' the spoofing is there?
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The mails arent in the section 'send' so the email address is obviously being spoofed. and thing that can be against spoofing?

-Rex
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post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rexel View Post
The mails arent in the section 'send' so the email address is obviously being spoofed. and thing that can be against spoofing?

-Rex
this may be a good sign that your account has been broken into and they are targeting you with spam from your own contacts...

basically no 100% way to block spoofed spam, you can filter by the

http://www.spamhaus.org/

project... but thats only if you own the email server recieving emails... otherwise, tighten your spam settings in webmail, and report items as spam when you see them.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rexel View Post

She is using a Apple Macbook pro so malware/virus isn't in the picture.

-Rex
Wrong!
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post #8 of 14
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Just mailed her that she needed to change here password. hopefully this is enough to stop it. btw the mail was only send to about 10 people and all of them where in her contact list. so maybe they did break into her email account
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post #9 of 14
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Wrong!
Well you have to admit there aren't many malware/viruses for mac and she is always very careful with opening mails and links and such and most virus are targeting windows machines.

And i know there are/where mac viruses
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rexel View Post
She is using a Apple Macbook pro so malware/virus isn't in the picture.
Actually, it probably is. My friends and I have been hit with multiple viruses on our school Macbooks (otherwise I wouldn't have one). People are starting to realize that Macs are perfect targets: once the virus is written, its easy to distribute, high success rate of "infection," and it will go unnoticed or unwiped for a long period of time ("oh no, it can't be a virus, I use a Mac").

I bet there's a trojan on her computer that sent some dude her email password, then the dude plugs the info into his advertising bot, and voila: all contacts now added to this dudes database, and a new client to advertise from. I believe this is called a bot-net?
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