Spam problem

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by JedMeister, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. JedMeister

    JedMeister Guest

    Hi, i have a relatively new xtra email address, and in the last week, spam
    mail multiplied 10 fold.

    I was wondering if any other xtra customers have noticed this.

    I get about a dozen notes per day from "Microsoft" requesting I run the
    attach "fix".

    And, heaps more notes from various sources saying the mail I never sent
    could not be delivered....e.g...

    Inet Mail System []
    to Net Receiver

    This is the qmail program
    Undeliverable mail to
    JedMeister, Nov 4, 2003
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  2. JedMeister

    Bryce Guest

    If you're posting on usenet without mangling your "return to" email
    address
    you're more than likely to get picked up by spammers
    cheers
    --
    Bryce
    Bryce, Nov 4, 2003
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  3. JedMeister

    JedMeister Guest

    Hmm, ok I will change this immediately.

    But, as they have my email already, I am probably condemned for life :(


    "Bryce" <> wrote in message
    news:vwOqoeP7EDq$...
    > If you're posting on usenet without mangling your "return to" email
    > address
    > you're more than likely to get picked up by spammers
    > cheers
    > --
    > Bryce
    JedMeister, Nov 5, 2003
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  4. JedMeister

    Andrew Guest

    I have an actual address for the newsgroups - which gets filed in the
    deleted items folder automatically, But ive watched it and i get about 1 a
    day, i get more with my regular email addresses!

    Whats up with that
    "JedMeister" <> wrote in message
    news:64Xpb.8850$...
    > Hmm, ok I will change this immediately.
    >
    > But, as they have my email already, I am probably condemned for life :(
    >
    >
    > "Bryce" <> wrote in message
    > news:vwOqoeP7EDq$...
    > > If you're posting on usenet without mangling your "return to" email
    > > address
    > > you're more than likely to get picked up by spammers
    > > cheers
    > > --
    > > Bryce

    >
    >
    Andrew, Nov 5, 2003
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  5. JedMeister

    Bryce Guest

    In message <64Xpb.8850$>, JedMeister
    <> writes
    >Hmm, ok I will change this immediately.


    Umm in your news settings somehwer probably
    i see you're using outlook express, i'm not up to date on that (i use
    turnpike)

    >
    >But, as they have my email already, I am probably condemned for life :(


    Well you can reduce further harvesting of your email address. :/
    --
    Bryce
    Bryce, Nov 5, 2003
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  6. JedMeister

    Bryce Guest

    In message <G5Xpb.4944$>, Andrew
    <> writes
    >I have an actual address for the newsgroups - which gets filed in the
    >deleted items folder automatically, But ive watched it and i get about 1 a
    >day, i get more with my regular email addresses!
    >


    Do you have your email address on a website anywhere?
    You can html mangle that so the link works

    http://www.cdt.org/speech/spam/030319spamreport.shtml
    is useful

    --
    Bryce
    Bryce, Nov 5, 2003
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  7. JedMeister

    Gurble Guest

    On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 11:29:03 +1300, "JedMeister"
    <> wrote:

    >Hi, i have a relatively new xtra email address, and in the last week, spam
    >mail multiplied 10 fold.
    >
    >I was wondering if any other xtra customers have noticed this.
    >
    >I get about a dozen notes per day from "Microsoft" requesting I run the
    >attach "fix".
    >
    >And, heaps more notes from various sources saying the mail I never sent
    >could not be delivered....e.g...
    >
    >Inet Mail System []
    >to Net Receiver
    >
    >This is the qmail program
    >Undeliverable mail to
    >


    This is not SPAM per se.

    Someone who has you listed in their Contacts, is infected with the
    Swen Worm. In fact, with the share number of emails you are getting,
    there is a good chance that you are also infected.

    Take a look at:

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/

    There is a removal tool, which you may want to consider running, at:

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/

    HTH, let us know how you get on.
    Gurble, Nov 5, 2003
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  8. JedMeister

    JedMeister Guest

    Hi, thanks for the tip. This worm is a nasty piece of work...it can install
    itself without opening the email message.

    I ran the removal tool and it did not find anything, but my symptoms seem
    quite close to the description of this worm.

    I have norton av 2004 running, with email checking and worm checking enabled
    in the options. And ,I auto update the microsoft critical patches all of the
    time.

    I'll run a full system scan to make sure there is nothing else.





    "Gurble" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 11:29:03 +1300, "JedMeister"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >Hi, i have a relatively new xtra email address, and in the last week,

    spam
    > >mail multiplied 10 fold.
    > >
    > >I was wondering if any other xtra customers have noticed this.
    > >
    > >I get about a dozen notes per day from "Microsoft" requesting I run the
    > >attach "fix".
    > >
    > >And, heaps more notes from various sources saying the mail I never sent
    > >could not be delivered....e.g...
    > >
    > >Inet Mail System []
    > >to Net Receiver
    > >
    > >This is the qmail program
    > >Undeliverable mail to
    > >

    >
    > This is not SPAM per se.
    >
    > Someone who has you listed in their Contacts, is infected with the
    > Swen Worm. In fact, with the share number of emails you are getting,
    > there is a good chance that you are also infected.
    >
    > Take a look at:
    >
    > http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/
    >
    > There is a removal tool, which you may want to consider running, at:
    >
    >

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/
    >
    > HTH, let us know how you get on.
    JedMeister, Nov 5, 2003
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  9. JedMeister

    Roger Ramjet Guest

    You could well have a virus if you are getting undeliverable mail
    messages that you did not send.

    Update and scan.
    Roger Ramjet, Nov 5, 2003
    #9
  10. JedMeister wrote:
    > Hi, thanks for the tip. This worm is a nasty piece of work...it can
    > install itself without opening the email message.


    No, it can install itself on unpatched copies of Outlook Express if you
    preview OR double click on the message to "Open" it.

    Cheers,
    Nicholas Sherlock
    Nicholas Sherlock, Nov 5, 2003
    #10
  11. JedMeister

    Enkidu Guest

    On Wed, 5 Nov 2003 15:24:24 +1300, "JedMeister"
    <> wrote:

    >Hi, thanks for the tip. This worm is a nasty piece of work...it can install
    >itself without opening the email message.
    >
    >I ran the removal tool and it did not find anything, but my symptoms seem
    >quite close to the description of this worm.
    >
    >I have norton av 2004 running, with email checking and worm checking enabled
    >in the options. And ,I auto update the microsoft critical patches all of the
    >time.
    >
    >I'll run a full system scan to make sure there is nothing else.
    >

    If you are receiving the emails, it doesn't mean that you are
    infected. There are two sorts, those that appear to be a Microsoft
    Security Bulletin and those that appear to be virus reports. Both are
    symptioms of *someone else* having Swen. If the check comes up OK, you
    are almost certainly OK.

    Still, it's good to check.

    Cheers,

    Cliff
    --

    The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign
    that the conspiracy is working.
    Enkidu, Nov 5, 2003
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  12. JedMeister

    Wyn Guest

    JedMeister wrote:
    > Hmm, ok I will change this immediately.
    >
    > But, as they have my email already, I am probably condemned for life


    Not necessarily. Open a new mailbox and eventually close the spammed
    one.
    Wyn, Nov 5, 2003
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