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yahoo spam worm / virus / hack

Unread post by Sankyuberymucho » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:44 am

Lately I've been getting a lot of spam that seemingly comes from people I know's yahoo account. From what I've read on the internet these e-mails are actually coming from the people in question's accounts as the e-mails are often sent to everyone in their address book (as opposed to just spoofing the sender's address). However what isn't clear from reading on the internet is how the accounts were actually compromised ?
- A virus on the user's machine that captured their login details
- A mass hack on yahoo's servers
- The user used a weak password, that the hackers were able to access through dictionary attacks etc

Anyone got any additional information about how I can protect myself from this? I don't believe my account has been compromised at this stage, but I'd like to avoid it if possible.

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Re: yahoo spam worm / virus / hack

Unread post by Tall Tall Tree » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:31 pm

Probably either 1 or 3. If it were 2, Yahoo probably would be releasing a flurry of press reports about how they're very sorry and taking steps to prevent it from happening in the future and so on, and I haven't heard anything (yet).

To guard yourself from 1, don't use Windows, or if you must, be sure to make use of anti-spyware and anti-virus tools - legit ones. You need to be careful because sometimes some of these anti-malware tools are in fact malware tools themselves.

As for 3, the standard smart password stuff; don't use words that could be found in a dictionary (at least not without combining it with another word or something). Try spelling things backwards, and/or replacing certain letters with numbers or symbols.

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Re: yahoo spam worm / virus / hack

Unread post by MacGyver » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:56 pm

Tall Tall Tree wrote:To guard yourself from 1, don't use Windows,
Yes cause there are never any malware associated with Macs or Linux. And when everyone starts using Macs like TTT hopes, malware writers won't move on to the Mac platform. Fark, would you stop shoveling this shit? I'm reading a blog right this minute that talks about a piece of malware that attacks Windows, Linux, and Macs.

In addition to strong passwords and using security products, I'd also recommend you be smart about your surfing/downloading habits. Also smart about what links you do and don't click on in email as well as social networking sites. Most of the time dodgy links are easily recognisable, even if the link is posted by a friend or comes from a friend in an email. I'd recommend you don't use p2p software at all but if you must, defo in conjuction with an AV product and I wouldn't download porn or cracks of games and so forth as that's where malware is mostly bundled.

back on passwords, also changing passwords on a regular basis is a good idea, as is using different passwords for different mail accounts, sites etc. And when signing up for stuff on the net, if it asks for your email address (to send you email) and a password for the site, DON'T use the password you use for that email account.

I'm sure there are plenty of tips I'm missing (just thinking off the top of my head) but most of them are just commonsense.
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