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What Have I Done?
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Howdy slugs and shells,

hope ya's all well !

Hey, since last week ive received about 287 return emails,

titled for eg.

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Mail Administrator
This Message was undeliverable due to the following reason:

Each of the following recipients was rejected by a remote mail server.
The reasons given by the server are included to help you determine why each recipient was rejected.

Recipient: <[email protected]>
Reason: 5.1.1 Not our Customer


Please reply to <[email protected]> if you feel this message to be in error

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Like wtf has my email been trying to send to these fkers?

every email has a different attatchment ..

No, im not gonna open any of em, yet what can I do to stop this ffs?

 

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Use G Mail LJ, everything else is crap compared to it. I've been on it for five years and never had a problem. It is easily the best.
 

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Possibly.... possibly not. We need to identify if the emails are actually originating from your account or not.

First thing to do is change the password to your email account - If it stops, then yes fair to say your email account has been 'hacked'... But there are various ways this may have happened. Main sources are malware on your computer or, if you use the same password on different websites your email address / password may have been stolen from another website

We'll deal with that if it comes to it, among other things (Such as changing passwords to anything else you log onto) :)

If they don't stop after changing your password then what is probably happening is your email address is being used to forge the "From:" header in other spam messages... Unfortunately there isn't much that can be done about this, apart from perhaps talking to Bigpond to see if they can suppress the bounce messages.

The latter is quite common. But change your password first.

Oh, do they seem to be coming through at all hours of the night or only when, say, your computer is turned on?

Maybe run a full malware/virus scan on your computer for good measure to :)

EDIT: Also check your "Sent" items and see if there is anything dodgy in there. Normally wouldn't be, but you never know.
 

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It's the goats I tell ya ...
 

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Just for a heads up LJ. This is what a hacked account message looks like! I lost access to my hotmail account 5 years ago to Russian Hackers. It got so bad I wrote it off and it's been the first time I've been back to use as an example. This is just a screen shot for all intensive purposes.

ImageUploadedByTapatalk1432897562.242416.jpg

Change your password as TC mentioned and it should be ok!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

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Ive changed lots of passwords since i last posted,
And now still running the "full" norton 360 scan,... Takes forever,

So ive told it to switch off the pc once its done..

I know when it started to be quite frank...

An ebay seller with 100000's of feedback like a powerseller
Needed to refund me an amount, tgey asked
For the email so tgey could refund.
Now as ebay doesnt allow exchange of such detail to be sent
Via their messaging system, or phone no's,


I wrote my email like this type...

Googlygoohoo AT bigpond.com. With AT INSTEAD [email protected]

That night sht his the fan, i woke upto 187 emails!!
Ive been very suspicious since as youd remember ebay got hacked hardcore not long ago

Ps. Typo's to be expected, big fingers , small keypad on iphone ffs!!
 

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One of my neighbours has just recently had to dump his long term email address for a similar reason. The smarter we get the more crap we have to put up with :(.
 

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I daresay there probably isn't anything nasty on your computer, but still good to run the scan, just in case.

Since what you're getting are bouncebacks, you are probably suffering from backscatter (Not as kinky as it sounds).

What happens is your email address ends up on a spammers list (or potentially just a lucky guess on the spammers part). There are many, many ways your address can end up these lists, which are sold for a few clams on the underground market.

Then a spammer will use your legitimate email address as the "From" address in the spam email they are sending (This is trivial, anyone can do it as it is how the whole email system is designed) so the emails advertising russian brides and penis enlargements will appear to be coming from your email address, even though they are not. When an email server receiving the spam rejects the message and sends a DSN (Delivery Status Notification... AKA bounceback) to the 'From' address, which of course has been forged as yours, it is routed to your email address, not the original sender.

Usually it's poorly configured mail servers which will send a DSN in these cases.

As a side note: Most of the time the spam won't even get through to the user, but depends on how well setup the receiving mail server is. If the server has certain checks enabled then it will reject the message because the Nigerian or Russian server isn't authorised to send email on behalf of @bigpond.com.

Pain in the arse though, it's a bit of a lopsided arms race where the bad guys have the advantage.
 

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Crap, I just re-read the thread and the message you're getting actually looks more like a local bounce rather than a DSN from the remote server.

Do all the messages mention Bigpond in them?

That may change things but I'll leave my post above there anyway in case it helps someone else :)

If you want, I can PM you my email address to forward one of the emails (including attachment) to... I swear I wont send you offers for viagra and kinky goat outfits :p
 

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Just for a heads up LJ. This is what a hacked account message looks like! I lost access to my hotmail account 5 years ago to Russian Hackers. It got so bad I wrote it off and it's been the first time I've been back to use as an example. This is just a screen shot for all intensive purposes.

View attachment 245257

Change your password as TC mentioned and it should be ok!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

I use hotmail and I got that exact same message on Tuesday....changed password and all good again!
 

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Possibly.... possibly not. We need to identify if the emails are actually originating from your account or not.

First thing to do is change the password to your email account - If it stops, then yes fair to say your email account has been 'hacked'... But there are various ways this may have happened. Main sources are malware on your computer or, if you use the same password on different websites your email address / password may have been stolen from another website

We'll deal with that if it comes to it, among other things (Such as changing passwords to anything else you log onto) :)

If they don't stop after changing your password then what is probably happening is your email address is being used to forge the "From:" header in other spam messages... Unfortunately there isn't much that can be done about this, apart from perhaps talking to Bigpond to see if they can suppress the bounce messages.

The latter is quite common. But change your password first.

Oh, do they seem to be coming through at all hours of the night or only when, say, your computer is turned on?

Maybe run a full malware/virus scan on your computer for good measure to :)

EDIT: Also check your "Sent" items and see if there is anything dodgy in there. Normally wouldn't be, but you never know.

Bro, it worked...
Changed passwords on everything and
Even made sure email password was different from anything else especially.
Changed my Gateway password aswell...

Omfg, i have peace finally!!

I owe ya bro, youre advice was/is priceless
 
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