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Old January 29th, 2011, 06:51 AM
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my friend's email address book was hijacked last night and her computer was not even on..how does that happen?..what does one do if they open an email from her (that was not from her) ?
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How did she know?
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I don't have an answer for you but it happened to me too. 3:00 in the morning, while i was sound asleep in bed, an e-mail about ******!?!? was sent to everybody on my contact list...
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my friend's email address book was hijacked last night and her computer was not even on..how does that happen?..what does one do if they open an email from her (that was not from her) ?
probably a virus, unless the others have a descent firewall.

Let her change her password, she is hacked.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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I received an email from her at 0200 am this morning with a "no subject" header line and when I opened it ..an advertisement for the little blue pill came up..she is our Church treasure and happily married so I knew there was a problem, so I sent her an email and she responded that it had been hijacked..I spoke with her and advise her to change her password and I changed mine just in case..thanks for your help
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Been thinking... I don't know if she has been invaded as such but her email has been harvested from somewhere, I get loads of emails from myself, all selling the same product. Mind you if the person who has harvested the email is sending out spam to those in the address book maybe they have got that far. I contacted my ISP, can't remember what they said but it was no help!
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I've heard this is happening with people who have Hotmail.

I personally have no e-mails in my internet address book. I either memorize e-mail addresses or have them in a notebook at home.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 05:34 PM
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I've had it happen too. Found out when my brother questioned me about it. E mails went out 2 more times, then not again. I'm on AOL.
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I've had it happen to me, too. If you get email from yourself @ whatever . com , you have an idea that you've been hacked (do not open it, put it in your report spam file) ... or if you get an email from someone you used to correspond with and it's a surprise - they've been hacked.

The immediate thing you have to do is change your password and NEVER go back to something similar.

Had an acquaintance who had it happen to him ... then quite a bit later I got another email from him. Called his house and told him to change his password. Ran into him a few weeks later at an event and he said a big thanks because the first time cost him over $1,000 to fix and he had just changed his password to something similar.
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Had an acquaintance who had it happen to him ... then quite a bit later I got another email from him. Called his house and told him to change his password. Ran into him a few weeks later at an event and he said a big thanks because the first time cost him over $1,000 to fix and he had just changed his password to something similar.
I'm curious what cost him $1000?
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I don't think they know your password but just the contents of your email contact file....I am with Yahoo & the email stuff is held online not on my PC may that have something to do with it? as I see it a virus juust stuffs up your machine or gets in & asks you to reveal stuff. We had one that when we went into online banking it asked for the whole memorable word not just two odd digits....lucky I thought ''hello?''
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I'm curious what cost him $1000?

Actually he didn't tell me - as I said he's just an acquaintance. Believe part of it was for an expert tech to come in and fix up whatever was fouled up on his machine. My guess in his trying to fix it, he messed it up really well ... or he just exagerated to me, which is always a possibility.

If it really cost that much, I think I'd seriously be interested in getting a new system! Which he might have done.
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She has an email Trojan.

It is one of the most common virus' that you can get. It looks like a normal email or Spam and as soon as you open it then it sets itself up on your computer and at a "pre-set" time it launches spam emails.

You can also check the message headers and see if "really" came from her. I can set up an email account that sends email that says "Norwegian Cruise Lines" but if you look at the message headers you will see where it actually came from.

It is one of the most common ways that Spam is distributed.

You can do things such as only allowing X number of emails to be sent in a specified period of time.

The best thing is to keep your anti-virus software up to date.

Also: Flush all those Inspirational Messages that tell you to send it to "ten friends". These are used to seed the virus on your computer.

Heck you wouldn't believe the number of emails I would get from "Kuki"

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