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Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by zxspectrum, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Well folks this is about spam computer wise and not what the ad sings about. Ive recently recieved 3 e mails all from the cam person and all on the same date. Now i know these are spam as the content is somthing my mate wouldnt be arsed sending and if he wanted to let me know anything hed be on the blower etc.

    So is it a prob from his mail add or a prob from his computer, with the likes of spyware ??

    Eddie
     
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  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    more likely he has posted his address somewhere and its been harvested... :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    yes, but spam can not forward it self zimbo. Thats sounds more like a virus or trojan.
     
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  4. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Eddie, google the subject line of those emails you received and see if it brings anything up.
     
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  5. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Also have your friend go here and run a scan. It scans for both virus and spyware/malware.

    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    I agree with you Mitzs that it's not a case of email harvesting as the emails harvested for spam purposes are usually the targets of spammers not the senders. So, it could indeed be that his box has been compromised, though viruses tend to propagate themselves and if that were the case the OP would have been alerted by his AV application - if he has one that is :biggrin

    Eddie did the email contain any attachements or scripts that look dodgy?
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Harvested e-mail addresses *are* used as spoof source addresses quite frequently. It means that the real source never gets to see the chaos caused. I have had this happen to me quite often.

    However I agree that a Trojan on his machine is more likely here.

    The way to determine what is going on is to read the message headers. While some of these may be 'preloaded' there are usualy enough clues in there to determine if this is spoofed or not.

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  8. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Hi Guys, thanks for all your feedback on this

    Ill be speaking to the bloke in question tonight and tell him about the trend micro thing. I know these mails are dodgy as they have attachments and also the content of the mails is somehing that he would not bother composing. The only thing he sent me was pics from a night out , and that was about 3 years ago.

    So i know these are viruses/trojans

    Edd
     
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