Is someone forging my e-mail address to send spam?

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  1. TheDarkHorizon

    TheDarkHorizon \xC0\xFF\xEE

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    All of a sudden, I am getting a bunch of e-mails supposedly from me bounced back from different mail servers (mainly Yahoo). They appear to be spam.
     
  2. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    Might be either caused by a virus on your system or on someone elses.
     
  3. TheDarkHorizon

    TheDarkHorizon \xC0\xFF\xEE

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    I'm betting the latter. I've checked my machine for viruses and then even went as far as blocking outgoing SMTP from my network for 24 hours.
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Haven't read up on the latest vrius going round in the last week?
     
  5. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    It's ridiculously easy to send an email pretending to be someone else. Aslong as your mail server allows relaying you can send emails pretending to be bill gates. Or in a case where you cant relay, you can always send the guy in a cubical next to you an email from your "bos" teling him to move his desk :)
     
  6. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Also, if you have a PHP-enabled webserver with sendmail, you can send emails from anyone to anyone. The headers will give it away that it's not real, but to the average user it looks real ;)
     
  7. DAN513

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    it's more than likely the mydoom virus that goes through email and forges the return address, and then when it tries to send an email to an expired account or one where the server blocks the virus infected email, the mail server bounces it back to your email address.
     

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