BOGUS EMAIL WARNING

HEY ALL.

DO NOT – REPEAT – DO NOT OPEN AN EMAIL FROM ME DATED TODAY. I’VE BEEN SNAGGED BY A FINANCIAL DETAILS PHISHING WORM.

APART FROM BLIMPY, WHO LEGITIMATELY HAS AN EMAIL ABOUT ONE OF OUR MUTUAL FAVOURITE ARTISTS, ANYTHING ELSE FROM ME HAS BEEN AUTOGENERATED BY A BLOODY HORRORSHOW OF A CYBER-ATTACK. NOT ONLY IS IT PHISHING, BUT IT’S ALSO EMAILING EVERYONE IN MY ACCOUNT’S ADDRESS BOOK. WATCH YOUR SENT FOLDERS . . .

APOLOGIES PEOPLE, MY SECURITY SOFTWARE DID WARN ME, AND I DID HEED THE WARNING AND DELETE THE LITTLE BUGGER, BUT IT APPEARS THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE.

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34 thoughts on “BOGUS EMAIL WARNING

  1. …too late, I’d already opened the first one, wondering why on earth you’d be sending me pictures (thinking possibly Julie had banned you from ever posting a photo on the interweb ever again!).

    Am I now doomed?

    • Keep an eye on your email outbox, and run whatever anti-spyware you’ve got. If you seem to be generating outbound emails, you’d better start warning people.

      That’s as far as I’ve got … unfortunately, my new security package won’t let me load additional stuff such as SpyBot, which has always been my failsafe back-up.

      Truth be told, I don’t know what else to do now.

      • Mallwarebytes is pretty good for catching lurkers that others miss.

        Once you are no longer infected, just change your e-mail password. Thanks for heads-up.

      • Thanks, Shoey. I did include you on my mobile text-round, but yours came back undeliverable, so either you’ve changed it since 3 years ago (Blimey? Is it that long since?!?), or it didn’t cross the Atlantic right.

        Will have a look for malwarebytes [mall... double L?] later, but my current package won’t let me load SpyBot as well as it, so I don’t hold out much hope for that either.

        The tip still much appreciated anyway.

  2. I clicked on the link in DsD’s auto-generated email. It did nothing overtly and didn’t generate emails (that I could see, anyway).

    I’ve since done a full scan of my PC with Norton and it only found tracking cookies (which gather info about your surfing habits for commercial sites). Norton didn’t think there was anything nasty lurking in the woodshed, so I don’t think there’s a need to panic.

    • Thanks, Chris. To repeat for all what I sent to you alone yesterday:

      A quick chat with a tech-head I know gave him a chance to stick pins in one of his favourite voodoo dolls, namely hotmail.

      It seems hotmail is too easily breached, compared to other webmail providers. Given that the incoming one I mistook was a hotmail address, and those of you with no ongoing issues from my unwitting spam are not on Hotmail, there’s some anecdotal/circumstantial evidence to back up the theory/prejudice.

      I don’t want to lose this address, but I may have to. GRRR!

  3. Thanks for the warning, DsD. There were two from you (dated today) in my Spam folder. They have been put out of their misery!

    I hope this doesn’t cause you too many problems. Did you open the first one that set it all off? I have automatic preview disabled on all my accounts. Sometimes a.p. is enough to let the little buggers start getting into your system.

    • Maki, Yes I did open the email. It was from the genuine, known-to-me address of the guy who runs the girls’ swimming club, and on the day of the week he normally contacts us, so I never gave it a thought.

      I didn’t know about “Automatic Preview”; don’t think I have it enabled, but if enabled is its’ default setting, I may have to visit that.

  4. There was one in my mail pile with a CLICK HERE FOR BLAH BLAH type link, which is so clearly suspicious I wouldn’t have opened it.

    Be wise people. Don’t click on any link from anyone unless you are sure its legit. I know it’s tempting, but a pause to think helps – would DsD send a link without a long rambling intro?

    oh, sorry DsD. I mean, er….

    Seriously, usually a link from someone you know will be personalized somehow.If it’s not, easy enough to email and ask.

    • would DsD send a link without a long rambling intro?
      oh, sorry DsD. I mean, er….

      Tinny I was laughing out loud so much that I can’t even feign mock outrage; thank you for a stress-relieving giggle during a horrible couple of hours.

      Serious point though, yes, most of you by now should know that I don’t use one word when ten will do, and I’m a stickler for sentences, punctuation and syntax. If it ain’t waffly, it ain’t DsD.

      I’d appreciate any updates of any further issues anyone may get out of this, particularly any hint of an approach to your financial online security, or (as I seem to be getting now), any chronic reduction in connection speed.

      I get the feeling I’ll be following this thing up for quite some time. :(

      Thanks for all your responses and support.

    • Cheeky! Have you had a reply from me, Ed, or has your mail monitor thrown it as spam?

      Similar question to our resident camelid; you should have had an email from me too . . . any joy?

      Let me know, gents.

      Ta.

  5. I had two fake mails.

    My PC runs Linux and I use a mail client that links to Googlemail.

    I doubt that I could have got infected at all.

    • Hmmm, if the second one was entitled BOGUS EMAIL WARNING, that was my own deliberate follow-up, but a bit stable-door and bolted-horse if I think about it.

      I really hope you’re right, Carole, for all of us.

  6. Thank you for writing and warning me. I deleted the first mail before I opened it.

    I am so sorry for you it is really inconvenient for you. I hope your computer is not damaged.

    By the way how do you get the red letters in your post?

    • Sakura-chan, thankyou.

      Re red letters: when you are typing the text into your New Post, if you have the box open as Visual rather than HTML, then there is an option to change the colour of your text – in my English version it is a little box icon with a capital letter A with a thick underline in grey. Highlight your chosen text first, then click on that icon, choose your colour and away you go.

  7. Damn. Hotmail have blocked my account. Am trying to unblock it, but could do with someone trying to send me an email to see if the situation is recoverable …

  8. Hey DsD, thanks for the warning. It seems Bolton really made your day! How much longer do you think King Kenny will last? Glad we got Martin O’Neill while he was still available.

    On another note, I’m looking for a small sound system for our place and remember you were canvassing for suggestions a few months ago. Which one did you go with, and are you happy with it?

    Cheers

    Tempus

    • Hi, TF.
      Re warning – I figured it was the very least I ought to do. I’ll probably allow myself to breathe a sigh of relief if no-one reports any attack by the end of the month or so.

      Re LFC – I call myself an objective fan (though I realise that’s close to being an oxymoron), and have been happy with the progress we made in 2011. Kenny deserves nothing but praise for the way he helped us regain our pride and focus after leading us away from the abyss Hicks/Gillette & Hodgson were seemingly determined to have us fall into. Hpowever, yesterday was indicative of a worrying recent trend in our performances, and quite simply was not good enough. I now regard the next month as a pivotal one in determining the next three years or so.

      Re M O’N – you are undoubtedly safe this season and next. But Sunderland are one of 80-odd league clubs in need of plotting a new financial course through waters filled with rocks and sharks.

      Re music system – we went with the Roberts MP53, and on balance are happy with the choice.
      Pros –
      Price: half the cost of the Brennan JB7 or the Cocktail X10.
      Format flexibility: CD, DAB, SD&USB, and an (as yet unused) iDock.
      Size: integral speakers make the unit compact enough to be unobtrusive.
      Sound quality: oh yeah, plenty good enough for rooms much bigger than our 15ft dining room.
      Misc/aesthetics: the clock display resets itself when turned on; we’re quite disciplined at turning appliances off at the wall when not in use, so resetting clocks is a house pain!

      Cons – well yes, there are some –
      Remote – all you can do from the unit itself is turn on/off and adjust volume. THAT’S IT! The remote unit is clunky in both design and performance, compared to the sleek lines of the unit itself. In particular, the pick-up angle for the infra-red is poor; you have to point it almost dead straight at the unit; not easy from our dining table.
      Random function: we put 200 or so Christmas songs on a SD card to play during December. When you hit the random button to start shuffle, the player ALWAYS picked one of two songs to start with. Got to be rather irritating by Boxing Day, as one of the two was a bloody Barney the dinosaur song!! (After that, though, we did seem to be more truly random, so I’m bitching over very little, given that the unit supports a 16GB card – enough for a couple of thousand mp3 files).

      Would I recommend it to you? Yes, definitely, with just one proviso: think about where you’ll be sitting to point the remote at it.

      When I change my mobile and get an iPhone, we’ll see how the iDock performs.

      • @ tempusfugit – not sure I made my point forcefully enough just there, so let me make it plainer:

        If you intend to site the music player you buy anywhere other than DIRECTLY in front of the chair you’ll be sat in 99% of remote-wielding time, then DO NOT BUY THE ROBERTS! The remote control unit really is that much of a pain.

    • I didn’t get one! Is there something wrong with me? Am I ostracised? I’m really pissed off about this.
      Oh, and Dalglish ain’t Premiership savvy. Shouldn’t have got the gig in the first place. Next up – Carragher or Hamman.

  9. It turned up the following day in my inbox, so I deleted it. No problem with outgoing mail that I can see.

    I feel your pain. My charge card got hacked after a purchase on the Guardian website and I had to set up a spreadsheet to work out the real amount I owe.

  10. Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers?

    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a
    few months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?

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