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E-mail infected with a bot or something similar?

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E-mail infected with a bot or something similar?

For the past week, I have been getting messages from the MailerDaemon saying that a message I had sent had been aborted after 3-4 seconds. About half of the messages were to addressees in Germany. I did not send any of the aborted messages. I have received 4 notices of aborted deliveries from MailerDaemon in the past two days.Here are the addressees:

1. * cracko@cracko.de

2. * h.hech@aon.at3.

3. * netcasch@aol.com

4. * peter-raschau@t-online.de

 

I think my E-mail account has been seized by a Bot or something similar and is using the account to re-route messages. I would appreciate assistance in determining what is happening and how to stop it.

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Re: E-mail infected with a bot or something similar?

Check your Sent folder to see if anything is in there that you know you didn't send. If there is, then the account has been compromised. In that case you need to change the password to something a lot stronger than whatever it is right now, and also change the secret question and answer for the account.

If the Sent folder looks OK, then the most likely thing is that your account is being "spoofed". Spammers can make it look like emails came from you when in fact they did not. If that is the case, there is nothing you can do except notify your contacts of the problem and wait it out. Once a spammer has your email address there is nothing you can do to stop it. But in order to avoid detection they will usually only use an address for a few days or a week and move on to annoy someone else.  A spammer will use an address to send to a gazillion addresses, and some of them are bound to be no good.  That could explain why you are getting the bounce messages.

Also, use your A/V software to run a complete scan of your machine to see if it can find anything wrong.

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Re: E-mail infected with a bot or something similar?

Check your Sent folder to see if anything is in there that you know you didn't send. If there is, then the account has been compromised. In that case you need to change the password to something a lot stronger than whatever it is right now, and also change the secret question and answer for the account.

If the Sent folder looks OK, then the most likely thing is that your account is being "spoofed". Spammers can make it look like emails came from you when in fact they did not. If that is the case, there is nothing you can do except notify your contacts of the problem and wait it out. Once a spammer has your email address there is nothing you can do to stop it. But in order to avoid detection they will usually only use an address for a few days or a week and move on to annoy someone else.  A spammer will use an address to send to a gazillion addresses, and some of them are bound to be no good.  That could explain why you are getting the bounce messages.

Also, use your A/V software to run a complete scan of your machine to see if it can find anything wrong.




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