Re: Email from my hotmail address

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Re: Email from my hotmail address

I owe you all (well perhaps not all of you) an apology.

It seems that my Hotmail.com account has been cracked and I may have just sent you an email.

If you get an email with the user name of david gilchrist or david_gilly PLEASE DELETE IT.

Time to run my supposed virus scanner :oops:

Dave G :cool:
 

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Bad news mate :(

Is it me or has there been a recent increase in Hotmail account hijacking? I know of at least 3 people in the last 2 weeks that have had the issue. I wonder if its some new malware? Could there be a social networking site tie-in with a security breach??
 

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Bad news mate :(

Is it me or has there been a recent increase in Hotmail account hijacking? I know of at least 3 people in the last 2 weeks that have had the issue. I wonder if its some new malware? Could there be a social networking site tie-in with a security breach??

It isn't just you chap, my friend has at least 2 of his old accounts getting the 'HAX' treatment often about casinos, adult social networking and some sexual, erm, solutions saying "have you tried the latest viagra? It really worked for me" (or words to that effect).

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@ Dave

It's not a PC virus infection or a hotmail account hack, it's a malformed email containing code that reads the contents of your hotmail address book and emails itself to everyone on it when you open it. It is usually entitled "Facebook has sent you a message" or the usual "Viagra For Sale" and others of simillar title, and is approx 4kb in size making it easier to spot and delete. If you can set up a rule that diverts such emails to the trash then I urge you to do so.

As it's an online problem, a virus killer will not find it but it is best to be safe. The only cure for it I've found is to delete your address book contacts and keep a printed copy instead.

Only hotmail accounts will propogate the spread of this, all other online email providers are safe for now.

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This is fast becoming a major problem and m$ helped it massivly when they decided not to allow Outlook Express via POP3 to connect to it's new 'ms live' servers.
 
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I even lost the internet for most of the evening through this - god knows why.

I had to do a restore to yesterday afternoon to get it back.

I'll check my emails but to be honest if the address isn't in my address book then it normally goes in the junk bin!!

Sounds like its time to clear the book or use my other accounts (y)

Dave G :cool:
 
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