Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Software > Security

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Home and Garden
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
88keys
Golden Member
 
88keys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,136
Default Something strange with my ISP email acct.

I've had me email for several years now and I'm very cautious about who I give it to. As it is just for personal use I don't use it to sign up to forums or stupid crap so it rarely gets spammed.

But recently, I received two spam emails from a yahoo.com address using my friends actual first and last names to make it appear as if it came from them.

So does this mean that my email account may have been hacked?


The only other thing I can think of is that this is also the email I have associated with my facebook acct and I know alot of those apps and games access your personal info which I why I dont use any of them.
88keys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
ketchup79
Diamond Member
 
ketchup79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 7,466
Default

Most likely their accounts have been compromised, if they did not send the email.
__________________
Intel i7-4790k | Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 | 16 GB DDR3 | Gigabyte GTX 660 | Antec EA-650 BRONZE | Crucial MX100 256 GB | CM Storm Series Trooper | CM Hyper 212 EVO
ketchup79 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
88keys
Golden Member
 
88keys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,136
Default

They didnt send the email as the email addresses they came from were not thiers. Only their names were correct essentially
88keys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
imagoon
Diamond Member
 
imagoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Chicagoland, IL
Posts: 4,849
Default

With all the data that has been stolen from Linkedin / Sony and that ilk, the spammers likely just have the names that go with the email addresses.
imagoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
Oakenfold
Super Moderator
 
Oakenfold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 5,741
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 88keys View Post

But recently, I received two spam emails from a yahoo.com address using my friends actual first and last names to make it appear as if it came from them.

So does this mean that my email account may have been hacked?


The only other thing I can think of is that this is also the email I have associated with my facebook acct and I know alot of those apps and games access your personal info which I why I dont use any of them.
Your friends use Yahoo, you use social networking.
It could be either. Your account being hacked would be more along the lines that your friends are complaining to you that you are sending them viagra emails.

To be safe run housecall, change your passwords more frequently, make them more complex and stop using public hotspots.
__________________
Heatware

The ten most dangerous words in the English language are "Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Ronald Reagan.
Oakenfold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
88keys
Golden Member
 
88keys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,136
Default

I generally avoid public hotspots, but I do need to change my passwords more often.

But nobody I know uses yahoo.com. But I do suppose it could be a friend of a friend or someone got the name from one of those chain emails that are sent to a bazillion people.
88keys is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.