mail account "stealing"

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  1. PiCo

    PiCo Registered Member

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    Let's say you have a mail account blabla[[[ at ]]]gmail.com or hotmail.com, doesn't really matter!

    One day you see you have received a message by blabla[[[ at ]]]gmail.com, which is you!
    Other friends might also get a message by you, which you haven't sent, but sender is blabla[[[ at ]]]gmail.com.

    How does this practice work and is it any way to stop it?

    PS: I have to make clear I am NOT infected by any worm of any kind! I know only that it is some kind of bot, that is able to "cheat" on sender information.

    edit://I found this topic -> Can Someone Steal Your Email to Send Spam?

    This seems to be my case:
    Omg this SO sucks!
     
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  2. HURST

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    A few days ago I found a site for sending anonymous email, where you could specify a sender. So I could send an email and it would appear that its from blabla [at] gmail.com or any other address.

    I think this might be the trick used...
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    It's called masquerading. I've done it myself when setting up a sendmail server. Nothing special. Just means you shouldn't pay attention to email header - but the content.
    Mrk
     
  4. PiCo

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    Thanx guys!

    It surely fools a lot of people. Today I got a mail from a girlfriend filled with advertisments to Viagra like products :D

    :thumbd:
     
  5. SpikeyB

    SpikeyB Registered Member

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    Maybe it really was from a girlfriend and she was trying to tell you something :D
     
  6. BuzzStone

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    Hey PiCo, maybe it was your girlfriend, lol.
     
  7. PiCo

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    hahaahhahaha
     
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