How can something send mail without logging in?
March 21, 2012 8:52 PM Subscribe
How did my Yahoo mail get hacked to send spam without showing any login in recent history?
posted by bottlebrushtree to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Tonight I saw a spam/virus message apparently from my dormant Yahoo mail account show up in a low traffic mailing list I am on.
I immediately logged in to Yahoo mail and was presented with the page that says my account has been dormant too long and I needed to answer some questions to turn it back on.
I then changed my password to something very tough to guess.
When I checked my sent mail I see ONLY one message was sent and that was the one to the mailing list. In my inbox there were some bounce messages to some random addressees.
When I checked the recent activity page I only see some log ins for my flickr account from a week ago and then my NEW activity since I decided to log in to see what was going on.
No activity was logged from earlier when the mail was sent (even though there is a out going message in my sent mail)
How do you think this happened?
Does Yahoo allow people in past the "your account has been dormant too long" without clearing that message the next time you come in?
Does Yahoo not log activity in that case?