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Offlineaje
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Strange E-mail.
    #4424062 - 07/19/05 05:05 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I have just received a strange email ... It basically tells me that an email that I sent (to someone I don't know) did not pass a virus check and was therefore quarantined. It is a message I personally did not send. Could this mean that my email account is being used maliciously?

Here is a copy of the message:

Quote:

Code:
Action Taken:
An attempt to disinfect the attachment was unsuccessful,
so the attachment was quarantined from the message and replaced with
a text file informing the recipient of the action taken. The infected
attachment
has been placed in the designated quarantine folder.
Please exercise extreme caution when handling the quarantined attachment

To:
[email removed]

From:
aje742@gmail.com

Sent:
1869211862,29723753

Subject:
HELLO

Attachment Details:-

Attachment Name: message.zip
File: message.zip
Infected? Yes
Repaired? No
Virus Name: Generic Malware.a!zip






I removed the email address of the person a message was supposedly sent to. It is an email address I have never seen before, so chances are I don't know who it is.

What do you think about this?


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424081 - 07/19/05 05:10 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Maybe you got a virus?


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424152 - 07/19/05 05:22 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

You most likely have one of the many e-mail worms that spread via sending emails to everyone in your contact list.

You should IMMEDIATELY run a FULL virus-scan on your system (use the online one at www.pandasoftware.com if you do not have your own).

I would also recommend you send out an email to everyone in your email address book, informing them that you were infected with a virus and that they should run a virus-scan on their own computer in case the virus has spread from your system to theirs.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: trendal]
    #4424215 - 07/19/05 05:43 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

The two things that shock me the most are the fact that I use my web browser to access my gmail account. I don't use a mail client of any sorts. That and the fact that I am running slackware linux.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424257 - 07/19/05 06:03 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

was the an attatchment with the email sent back? To me it sounds like IT is trying to give you a worm in its warning that you have one


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424603 - 07/19/05 07:20 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

aje said:
The two things that shock me the most are the fact that I use my web browser to access my gmail account.  I don't use a mail client of any sorts.  That and the fact that I am running slackware linux.




Ok it's definitely not a virus :wink:

Someone may have gotten into your gmail account, change your password.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424620 - 07/19/05 07:27 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I have received such notifications before when my email address was spoofed to send out spam. My email account was not compromised and I did not have a virus.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: aje]
    #4424779 - 07/19/05 08:13 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

your email was spoofed - it just looks like it was sent from you. dont worry about it.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: Vvellum]
    #4427320 - 07/20/05 09:50 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

bi0 said:
your email was spoofed - it just looks like it was sent from you. dont worry about it.




:yesnod:

if you are running linux, there is literally no chance that you have a virus.


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Re: Strange E-mail. [Re: Krishna]
    #4428522 - 07/20/05 03:24 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

There's a fucking great article about spam in scientific america, came out a few months ago. Explains their tactics. And they can also spoof email addresses like bio said.

There's still a possibility that you have a worm though. At work people call in because we've locked their accounts, and it turns out that they're addresses are basically hosts that use them to launch thousands of spam/virii... so yeah, it's a possibility. Kind of rare these days but I'd still run some scans. I'm sure you have now though.


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