My Gmail account was very definitely hacked on Sunday. A whole lot of email was sent, seemingly to everyone I've ever corresponded with from that account. There was clearly a login from Poland which corresponds exactly with when the emails began to be sent. The session seemed to last about 7 minutes. I then received about 150 "mailer daemon" emails due to the bounces from either old addresses, addresses which don't receive unsolicited email and mail servers which correctly identified the content as spam. [more inside]
The powers that be where I work are reluctant to use Twitter because they think anything they tweet will get spammed. Help me convince them they're off the rails on this! [more inside]
I get a TON of bounced email, have I been hacked or is this something else? [more inside]
A few weeks ago I got some phone calls and emails about a quote I submitted online for moving to some small town in central California. The only problem is I never filled out that form. Since they had my yahoo email, I figured they might have hacked my yahoo account somehow and got my phone number from there. I changed my password and removed my phone number from the account but it was too late. Today I got emails and phone calls about auto insurance quotes. The emails I can ignore and once I answer the phone and explain the situation, the agents remove me from their list but I don't know if I want to put up with this every few weeks. Has this ever happened to anyone else? and do I have any other recourse than changing my phone number?
I have a wordpress blog. Comment sections is being filled daily with spam comments. Is there any way I can block these?
Targeted ads based on web history are creeping me the hell out. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
What is up with the spam in the Gawker comments? Why have they not been able to filter them out yet? [more inside]
Two months ago, I applied online for a position at a US-based software developer and have not heard back from them beyond an automatic receipt confirmation. The job, along with related vacancies, is still published on their site. Would it be acceptable to contact the company's HR manager via e-mail or LinkedIn to express my continued interest in the position? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Twice recently my Gmail acct. has been hijacked by someone who is sending spam emails to some, but not contacts --seems to be only recently emailed (by me) people. The spam is an ad, as seen on Fox News for Raspberry drops weight loss aid. How do the spammers access my Gmail account? Could it be through my brand new Android cell phone? I am unaware of any other problems on my (Macbook) home computer. I have a secure WiFi router at home. No evidence malware or virus. I've changed my Gmail password, FWIW. Any suggestions on how/where to find a way from this happening again?
How do WordPress spammers work? [more inside]
Is there a way to export a log of addresses that OSX Mail marks as Junk? [more inside]
My dad got a spam email with my (unusual) full name listed as the sender, but from a random email address with no association to my name. Was his contact list compromised or was mine? [more inside]
Using a Google Form for wedding RSVPs - are we going to get spammy submissions? [more inside]
I'm being offered a sizeable chunk of money to add a link to an article on my blog - what potential downside does it have on the way Google sees my site? [more inside]
Any suggestions for helping me get rid of annoying spam emails that show up constantly in my hotmail account? [more inside]
What's the story with the red motorcycle/porn spam on public Facebook pages? [more inside]
What can I do about spam ostensibly being sent from my Google Apps-hosted domain? [more inside]
What's a better-security alternative to Spam Arrest for challenge-response email? I received a password reminder email from Spam Arrest today. It included my full password in cleartext, and when I went to change my password to a long semi-random string of hashed characters I discovered that they silently truncate entries to 20 characters, which would have locked me out if they didn't keep everything in the clear to remind me. Frightening. Is there anyone out there who offer C/R email and knows how to store passwords?
Does obscuring email address and telelphone numbers using hexadecimal notation or other techniques in the source code still inhibit spambots? And does blocking IP addresses that the spambots use have any effect? [more inside]
Getting spam through the contact form on my site - a lot of it seems to be text from posts on a public forum - what's the point of that? [more inside]
Help! 10,000 new messages, all junk! What's going on? [more inside]
Is this some sort of igoogle virus? Automatically redirects me to spammy sites... [more inside]
At regular intervals, I get "press releases" from firstname.lastname@example.org. Full text of one such email below the fold. Is this a joke, spam, art, a trojan or ?? [more inside]
Am I spamming the universe right now? [more inside]
Help! My emails are getting blocked as spam. [more inside]
Free web host advice needed [more inside]
How did my Yahoo mail get hacked to send spam without showing any login in recent history? [more inside]
What do harshad numbers have to do with telephone numbers? [more inside]
Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
What is hijacking my facebook profile with unwanted "likes?" [more inside]
Emails containing a certain domain name are going missing. How can we fix this now and prevent it in the future? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a list of logins and passwords, for a myriad of sites, published online for all the world to use? Its advertised purpose was to allow one to use a website without having to register for access... so you didn't have to go through all the steps, nor receive spam in your inbox later... I think it's been several years since I've even thought of this -- also, I feel it had some form of 'gator' or other reptile in its name.
How do I pick a web hosting service that has an email server that is not blacklisted? [more inside]
Within the past few weeks, I've been receiving phone calls on my cell phone every day at 9am and 5pm like clockwork from the number (000) 000-0000. How do I make these bastards go away and leave me alone? [more inside]
I got weird spam (?) consisting of an 8th-century Chinese poem. What's up with that? [more inside]
So... FacebookTM sent an email to my email address from someone who I don't know but lives in my general geographical area requesting my friendship. Problem: this email address is definitely not associated with a FacebookTM account. However, there are probably cookies from FB on this computer. Also, this potential "friend" appears to run some sort of digital media consultancy (blech). Question: how did Facebook scrape this email address exactly and why did I get this email? Did this guy pay Facebook to send a friend request to an email address they scraped or is it something more automatic? [more inside]
Is this some type of spam? If so how would it work? [more inside]
Yesterday, someone apparently signed me up for monster.com, beyond.com, and jobfox.com. I know this because I received welcome emails from all three of them to my primary mail address and under my name. As far as I know, my primary mail address has not been compromised. What is going on here?
Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email? I use gmail (via google apps) for my small company's email. While it is generally good, the inability to permanently block a sender (e.g. businesses who won't remove me from their spam list) is frustrating, especially when the senders keep appearing in the daily quarantine report. Could this be solved by using Thunderbird as an IMAP client (and “whitelisting” the senders in Postini so they don't appear in the quarantine report)? Is there an easier or more elegant solution? TIA.
What is the story behind the text "My brother raped me last night" that has been posted to hundreds of apparently random online forums recently? [more inside]
Spanish/Portuguese SMS spam or should I be worried someone is laying in the gutter somewhere? [more inside]
I have a web site using Wordpress and a forum plug-in (Simple-Press) that's been around for awhile and has become fairly popular. All of a sudden I've begun getting at least 3 to 6 bogus user registrations each day that are coming from IP addresses in Russia and eastern Europe. I don't really know why or how concerned I should be. They don't need to register to post comments on my blog and Akismet is almost 100% effective at getting rid of comment spam. They're also either not trying to post spam on my forum or they can't get past the Captcha/challenge it uses. [more inside]
Recently spam mail from (what appears to be) the same source keeps getting through my Gmail account. I've never had a problem with this in the past, and the current crop all seems to be roughly formatted in the same way. I've been marking everything I notice as it comes through, but is there anything else I can do? [more inside]
I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
I got an email today straight from the X-files. What does it mean? [more inside]
How is my child's Gmail account being used to send spam to his contacts? There has, according to Gmail's Activity Information, been no access from any IP address not known to me. [more inside]
This Newt Gingrich Mefi post about paid Twitter followers had me looking at my own Twitter stream more closely. Now I'm concerned. I don't auto-follow, but I'm following Twitterers I don't remember choosing to follow at all! Help me get to the bottom of this, please. [more inside]
I have spam showing up in my website header and cached copy on Google's search results. [more inside]
Are there any shared blocklists for the Google Personal Blocklist extension? [more inside]