219E-mail hacking and nasties
- Apr 27, 2013Though not really the topic of this list, this warning is relevant since the
list is hosted by Yahoo!
Even if you don't have a Yahoo account, if you see a message relating to a
"single mom", do not click on any links in it, and delete it immediately.
Please take note of the warning that follows:
Yahoo and BT (who use Yahoo mail services) seem to have suffered a
breach of their accounts details. The result is a lot of "phishing" mail
being sent from apparently legitimate Yahoo / BT email addresses.
The symptoms are:
1. The email body consists of a single URL pointing at a very nasty web
site. The URL varies at each sending so cannot be easily trapped. There is
both a plain text version of the URL AND an HTML copy in the message body.
2. The email is sent From a valid Yahoo / BT user's email address; the
Reply-To is the same address. The address is also present in the To list
of addresses, usually a list of five or so.
Please check the email header if you have a Yahoo or BT email account (if
you do not know how, search using Bing or IxQuick search engines).
If the From and Reply-To address is yours then the email was sent from
YOUR account: your email account has been compromised. At the very minimum
change your account password!
As far as we can ascertain Yahoo has not taken any steps, at least
publicly, to alleviate this problem. It has been going on since early
PLEASE NOTE: If you view your mail in HTML you are likely to be in
danger from this and a lot of other phishing spam! Select Plain Text
viewing - it is much safer. This applies to both Windows AND Mac and
most certainly any "mobile" device such as Android and iPhone. If you use
Linux online you are in much less danger from accidentally acquiring
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