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Tech: warning addressbook hijack

Steve Gardham 03 Apr 14 - 04:04 AM
Joe Offer 03 Apr 14 - 04:12 AM
Brian Peters 03 Apr 14 - 04:38 AM
GUEST 03 Apr 14 - 11:17 AM
Steve Gardham 03 Apr 14 - 02:00 PM
GUEST,MikeL2 04 Apr 14 - 11:01 AM
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Subject: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 04:04 AM

My addressbook has been hijacked so please don't open any emails from my Hotmail address. I have opened a new account which is the first 8 digits of my old address followed immediately by 66@gmail.com.

If you have been infected please email me on the new address and I'll pass on any advice I have already got.

Apologies to all concerned. I am dealing with the problem.

The virus is the type that sends different bogus emails to different email addresses in order to capture their addressbooks.

SteveG


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Subject: RE: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 04:12 AM

I think you have to click the link in the e-mail to get it to hijack anything from your computer.
If you get an e-mail from somebody you know with just a link, don't click it. I can't imagine why somebody would click such a link, but I guess they do.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: Brian Peters
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 04:38 AM

This one seems to be doing the rounds at the moment - my wife caught the bug, though she swears she never clicked on any links. I've received several dubious-looking messages from various contacts - the tell-tale sign seems to be that the message title is a single word with an inappropriate space in it, e.g. Steve's message arrived in my Inbox as 'med iated'.

It's a nuisance but doesn't seem to cause serious damage.


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Subject: RE: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 11:17 AM

Joseph gave some sage advice
At least that's what I think;

Open the email, call your aunt in Souffle, France--which parenthetically I still can't locate on Google Maps, compose a virtual symphony in mere seconds, figure out why a flash camera would be useless at faster-than-light velocities without a backward-looking mirror, write to your government and have your country's leader respond with a handwritten letter of a hundred words extolling the virtues of chives on vanilla icecream, have yourself a drink,

But heed ye the words Joe left us,
And never click the link.


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Subject: RE: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 02:00 PM

Thanks, Brian
Yes, mind the gap!


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Subject: RE: Tech: warning addressbook hijack
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 04 Apr 14 - 11:01 AM

Hi

I had had " a funny"; don't know if it is the same.

On mine I got an Email from my brother-in-law but his Mail address was in capital letters. So naturally I gave it a wide berth.

Rang B-i-L who said he had not sent anything.

Cheers

Mike


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