View Full Version : Spam forwarding

Heather P
07-01-2003, 07:37 PM
I've been having a few computer problems lately - am currently reinstalling software after 2nd reformat in a fortnight and think I've found the problem program which caused all the instability. Things like Nortons and the Firewall have been down at various times because of the problems.

Whilst the boss is away I've been checking his email (bulk porn, offers of grants, green cards, programs....). Due to the nature of what ends up in his inbox I was downloading it, checking and deleting the stuff off line - although I might have forgotten to disconnect once or twice.

After the reformat earlier I reset up my email accounts - and discovered about 50 bounced mails in my default domain account. These were not emails I had sent.

It looks like some of the spam emails that I have checked have forwarded themselves on to a mailing list - using my domain name as the return path (but with a made up sender name such as "ggrrnnmy"). People who then set spam to bounce have bounced it back to me.

The emails were all dated a couple of days ago.

Any ideas how to stop this now it's started?

07-01-2003, 08:16 PM
Looks a bit viral Heather.

e-mails shouldnt "forward themselves" without covert assistance?

Time for the rubber gloves I think.

Heather P
07-01-2003, 08:32 PM
I've been wearing rubber gloves all day! Computer reformatted and largely reinstalled so it will be interesting if it does it again.

The emails didn't appear in the sent box.

Ah well, on with the reinstallation....

<thinking there has to be a better way. Could I justify buying Ghost?>

07-01-2003, 09:18 PM
> The emails didn't appear in the sent box.

Aha! A sign of viral activity, most virii have their own smtp code.

Can I suggest that you fill up the bath with a strong Jeyes Fluid and gently lower the PC into it (unplugged of course)?

Heather P
07-01-2003, 09:56 PM
I used to work in a school. The nurse was VERY computer illiterate but keen to learn. We were having a discussion one day about viruses.

"Lynn," I said "you know how if the kids have a cut you fill the basin up with water and disinfectant and bathe the wound?" She nodded. "OK" says me, "DON'T do it to your computer!" Then I ran.

(I hear she is now doing computer courses and has quite a lot to do with the school's computers.).