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something is emailing my yahoo address book with spam, sending it from me

Someone is spamming about 1/3 of my yahoo address book contacts with online casino gambling spam. I have:
removed one malware infection. When that didn't work, I then:
reformatted my hard drive
installed NEW antivirus, malware, and firewall programs.
When that didn't work I:
changed my yahoo pasword
deleted all my contacts. (I did this, not whatever has accessed my account.)

NOTHING WORKS!!! What do I do? I want to KEEP my yahoo address, but people are getting spammed, as if by me.
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  • Appel Nemarundwe,

    This is Chase Gassert. The person you reference in your above email. I work very hard, and run a legitimate computer repair company, and web hosting services division of that company. I'm very sorry you received unsolicited emails that contained a link from one of my websites. HOWEVER, as I responded previously, the SPAM emails were originating from the AOL network, not mine, or any network associated with mine.

    Unfortunately, whoever DID do the spamming, decided it would be fun to use my free URL shortening service to redirect their spam links. I tried explaining this to you several weeks ago when you first reported this email, and an official response was sent out the following day.

    Earlier this year, I made available a free URL shortening service, like TinyURL, named 5pl.us. As far as I could tell by the email headers you sent before... it appeared that someone went on my website and created the alias m1 for a short url, embedded it in their emails' message, and sent emails out from their AOL account.

    To be very clear, neither I, nor my company, had ANY association with this activity, and DO NOT ENGAGE IN THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY. When I was notified of this blatant violation of 5+ service, the link was disabled and I gathered and reported any and all useful information to our upstream provider, banned the offending IP from our network, and created a folder of logs and information related to the report.

    Please remove your post claiming I somehow make a fraudulent living as that is very off-base, and somewhat offending, as I'm still a younger person working very hard in an economy that seems to be falling apart.

    I work very hard on a daily basis to battle malicious activity on the internet, and have crossed paths with many active professionals in the field that can testify to that fact. If you'd like to discuss this further, via phone or email in private, I would be happy to do so.

    - Chase
    http://chasehosting.com
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  • please help someone,
    my yahoo is spamming continuously this viagra link to all of my contacts: http://tabletmedswellnessguide.com/
    what safety measures can i use? how to stop this mystery?
    thank you in advance
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  • The problem is not so much as a traditional virus. but more of one that is taking advantage of an exploit - and there's several steps that are needed to fix it.

    There's a few key issues that allows this exploit to work. First, this is only if you are using a free webmail account such as Yahoo, Live, MSN, Hotmail, AOL. I have not seen this happen on gmail accounts but I don't rule them out either. And it's happening for 2 reasons:

    ONE: Your version of windows is not fully updated. Do a windows update and install all of the critical updates!

    TWO: the exploit is hiding in your internet cache and likely your restore points. But let's just access the internet cache issue. Go get the free program called ccleaner. It's at ccleaner.com. Install it (make sure you don't install the yahoo toolbar option). I run this program at least once a week. It cleans out all the excess files that clog up your pc and it will also clean out the virus if it is hiding in your temp internet files.

    Speaking of toolbars - uninstall any of them that you have. 99% of them cause more problems than good.

    The virus sends out to 10-25 email addresses in your address book at a time. You can probably go into your sent items and see them. The hacker is doing this so not to raise flags with both you and your free email service. If you have your email account open and use facebook you will send out the spams. The exploit I saw was on the ads and chat functions on Facebook. If you use facebook, make sure there are no other windows or tabs open. Once your pc is fixed this won't be an issue, but as long as you are infected you will have this problem.

    There's 3 other tricks that I tell people to do which will help as well. One is the firefox program that someone else mentioned here as well. This issue does not happen if you just use Firefox. The other is makek sure that your antivirus is working and updated. And lastly, I tell people to get another free and trusted program called Malwarebytes. It's at malwarebytes.org and it has a good scanner. Again - I only use the free version because it works. Install it and run it at least once a week but make sure that you do the update each time before running it.

    There's one more site worth mentioning. WheneverI fix people's infected PCs I also run the online scan at housecall.trendmicro.com It's also free and trendmicro is a very respected site. That will scan your hard drive for any malware or viruses that may have embedded into your pc that your existing antivirus can't catch. Sometimes viruses can get onto your pc and over-ride your a/v program.

    With the housecall and malwarebytes program: delete anything that it finds. A clean computer should come up with zero issues on both points.

    All of these things are free - make sure you just install the free versions as that will be all that are needed. All are spyware free and are trusted and recommended by places like cnet and PC Magazine.
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  • I just spoke w/Yahoo about having this problem. They gave me the stock answer that they're "working on it". I told them about this forum and advised them that the postings here are over a year old, with no resolution. I might as well have been talking to the wall. I think we ALL need to get together and complaint to the Attorney General's office or some sort of consumer watch dog group. This is ridiculous, apparently Yahoo could NOT care less. Look at all the people on this forum alone!! Any thoughts anyone?
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  • To v3games:
    Sorry to report that I faithfully and regularly install all updates to my Windows 7. Also, I have and run "cc cleaner"; it's normally an excellent program, but their of these prevented my address book from being hijacked. I will try some of the other suggestions you have given; thanks much for them. You've given some that I have not tried.
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  • My wife's Yahoo account had the same problem on 11/13/2010; Viagra message going out to all her Yahoo contacts. The SPAM was a blank email with no subject, one line, a link in the email similar to this: ........http://beta-group.<>/dir.php

    Clicking on the link takes you to a Viagra add, but worse it's a php page, which is also executing a server script, so who knows what was going on in the background.

    Her Yahoo sent mail folder did not have a trace of these emails, so the cause of the SPAM has to be Yahoo's servers being compromised. I doubt it was anything to do with her computer, but I did update the virus database, do a full scan (came up clean), had her change her Yahoo password, and stop using IE. Now if I could just get her to stop using Yahoo mail ;-)

    Also a check the internet header of the SPAM email, and found this line that looks interesting:
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    Received-SPF: pass (google.com: best guess record for domain of nancynettik@yahoo.com designates 98.139.91.234 as permitted sender) client-ip=98.139.91.234;
    ============================================================
    This basically means Goolge Gmail thought the sending server looked OK, so the email probably originated from a Yahoo server, or they did a really good job of IP spoofing.
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  • I’m intrigued
    My wife's Yahoo account started sending out the SPAM email to her contacts yesterday and I got one from her when we were eating breakfast. My wife is almost as careful as I am about opening emails from unkown folk, and generally doesn't click on wacky links like the ones from the spam bot.

    We started changing her passwords and switching to Classic mode yesterday evening. Will see how it does. she has too many names in the address book to make them all invalid with "x"'s.
    She 'fessed up to staying logged on so that she could listen to yahoo tunes at work, and we noticed that she is "online" automatically in chat. She hasn't "chatted" in years, so we logged her off and closed that down. We set the auto logoff option to Daily, so she'll probably have to log on every morning to listen to music.

    The expanded header of the email tracks back to Yahoo mail server from Sunnyvale, Ca.

    My Yahoo email address book is smaller, but I get emails from more people due to my employment base. My wife's isn't the first one of these I've gotten, and surely won't be the last - it just kinda struck close to home cause I know she's careful. So I went in and deleted all contacts and will play with this a bit. So far, I'm un-infected, but will add my own addy to my contacts to see what happens.
    My Yahoo email has gotten a few of these from other Yahoo email accounts, none from Hotmail, Gmail, or the other email places, so I forwarded one of them to abuse@yahoo.com. I got an auto-reply confirming receipt and letting me know that after 12/1/10, abuse@yahoo.com will only accept certain formats or something.

    Ya gotta give at least a nod of respect to the coder that did this. It's been over a year, and all the smart Yahoo folk still haven't out how to fix.

    I'll try to keep ya posted on how it goes.
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    This is a java script virus that runs..usually from a .php site, targets your address book and sends out emails with no subject and a single advertisement link in the body. Disable java script in browser, change your password, run a malware program, and see if it still happens. While this is only targeting @yahoo.com accounts, I assure you it doesn't have much to do with Yahoo! as a company, their databases or their servers, none have been "compromised" though it's natural human nature to blame a corporate leader rather than accept we the people affected might have let something slip through ourselves.

    1. Listen to v3games.

    2. Download free Avast or AVG, it is my personal opinion that McAfee and Norton are absolutely horrid and designed solely to cause computer owners pain, strife and might even be worse than doing drugs.

    3. Install a malware/spyware program. Take your pick. I prefer Malwarebytes.

    4. Don't ever open an email without a subject. Your friends can include a subject or get ignored.

    5. Don't click on links in emails unless there is a trusted human being standing over your shoulder telling you to do so because it was a "too cute" youtube video about a cat playing with some dumb toy for 8 minutes of your life you'll never get back. Nowadays even a PW reset will not have you follow a link to do so. Never "verify your identity" or "confirm ownership" of an account via a link in an email from a familiar company. Go to the site yourself by typing in the address in your address bar (the SEARCH box and the ADDRESS bar are two entirely different things...the address bar is the one that has the URL in it and starts with http...blah blah blah).

    6. Make sure your firewall is enabled and always update, update, update and reboot after. Don't just update Windows. Update your browsers and plug ins as well. Just because updates have an ignore option, doesn't mean you should. Burger King has a king size option...but it doesn't mean your ass needs that many fries...same concept.

    7. Don't use Internet Explorer. Again, it is only my personal opinion, but IE deserves to reign in Hell. Just because it's the most "popular" browser and it's Microsoft's default browser, does not mean that it's actually worth a damn. Maxthon uses the same platform if you want, try that. Firefox is highly recommended though.

    8. Save the headers from any emails you receive that might be spam or spoofing and report instances of hacks/scripts/internet crime, etc to www.ic3.gov internet FBI.

    9. Avoid everything above and simply POP/IMAP your email in Outlook, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, demonic Mac Mail, etc...java script can't run without a platform to run it!

    10. Do not set your browser to remember all your passwords for your accounts. I know it's easier...but it also makes it easier for the bad guys. Remember the days before cell phones when we actually had to memorize people's phone numbers? *gasp* This is similar. Create your passwords so you can easily use your brain functions to store them for later use advising your fingers of the keys to press to log in to your account, rather than just clicking your mouse once after it auto-populates.

    11. Following number 10...clear your cookies, cache, browsing history, form and search history, active logins, and site preferences frequently. Use bookmarks/favorites for things you want to go back to easily, don't rely on typing in the first three letters and having it auto-populate the history...that can be dangerous.

    12. Toolbars are for morons. Uninstall them. ALL of them. And stop clicking through installations of your programs so fast that you ignore the fact the google toolbar or ask toolbar or yahoo toolbar is going to be automatically installed with your application. Read, learn and comprehend what is happening when you download or install something.

    13. No, I don't work for Yahoo. Yes, my own @yahoo.com email address was affected by this script virus, though 7 other personal email addresses I have with hotmail.com, live.com, gmail.com and my own website domain.tld were completely unaffected. Yes, I am a sarcastic asshole. But I got rid of mine and use my email address regularly now...do you?
    • hi... i noticed the same spam mail coming from friends (so far seen from yahoo and hotmail) emails with empty subject and single random link in body in the last 1-2 weeks... some friends report the problem recurring even after changing password too... i am scouring the web to find if there is a known cause... you mentioned it's a javascript virus... do you know the name of this virus...? i am interested to get to the bottom of the cause/source of the infection...

      regards,
      wacky
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  • I’m frustrated
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    i have emails sent to me that gets received by third hand parties that exist in my email account, who is not even in the recipient email address. this has happened many times now in yahoo

    for example, jan sends me an email. pat receives a copy of this email too although it is addressed and sent to me and jan does not have her email address. pat has past communications with me and this seem to somehow 'hook' onto her getting copies of some of my mails sent to her...

    how and why does this happen?
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  • hay bro,

    i have been looking for a solution for your issue and it looks like it is nearly impossible to fix, lol. millions of pep have the same issue.

    but you may be able to limit it.

    first copy out a list of your email addresses (contacts). maybe you'll need to highlight, copy and then paste them into Microsoft Word.

    then delete all of your contacts from your account, plus ALL messages, photo's, everything.

    Then when you need to send someone an email just get the address from your list and DO NOT SAVE the addresses. Also this is just a stab in the dark but i would expect you would also need to delete ALL messages you send and receive, as soon as you have read them.

    the other option, and it will work, no guarantee's for how long would be to just get a new address. it sounds like GMAIL is one of the safest and dose not have this issue as much as yahoo/hotmail/msn.

    now the reason why this has happened is because your email address has been harvested by spammers by,

    things you are singed up to get newsletter, updates, etc from
    entering online comps
    or just you giving your email out to anything online
    or the BIGGEST why is forwarding emails (pep jus forward it and it gathers a list of email address so when a spammer gets it, its a free list).

    If you do want to send a group message it is still ok, you just have to make sure you put their addresses in the BCC column, (Blind Carbon Copy) instead of to.

    let me know how ya go with this
    • You are fully inaccurate to claim it happens due to spammers or by spammers. Its my own friends, or work colleagues or others who receive copies of my mails. Your advice is also quite unrealistic. What is the point of having an email account if the entire account is to be kept completely empty at all times to not risk privacy infringement? Many people use emails to save their communication for references.

      I never save any contacts in the address book because this problem has been known to me a few years now. I really don't send mails from yahoo anymore - only use it to receive mails.. I also never sign up for any offers or subscriptions with my private email but use a separate mail for that to minimize getting on spam lists and I receive very little spam. In spite of this, people do get copies of my private communications - all the time. And I get copies of communications I shouldn't be receiving. Even people who have been sent a mail, perhaps an inquiry, or I have received mail from sometimes receives copies of private mails without being in my address book....

      If privacy laws on this would be enforced, it really infringes on people's privacy as the law states no one has the right to publish or share any private details anywhere without the persons direct consent..
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  • I’m not please by it all
    This has been a known problem with Yahoo mail for about five years now. OTHER people sometimes get copies of your mail and your private communications... other people who are in your address book or in your inbox.
    Its a HUGE invasion of privacy. Occasionally gmail does it too but quite seldom while I constantly get copies of people's private mails on my yahoo account. I don't mail anything from yahoo anymore due to this problem.

    Clearly yahoo does nothing about it since its been happening for five years now, and surely many other people have complained before.
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    • The only thing I've done different (other than change my password) is I disconnected my Yahoo from anything having to do with Facebook
    • I am Miss Tricia.,From U S . I will start by saying to all that have experience heart break and also cant do with out there lover should please stop here and read up my story, So as you will know how to go solving or getting your ex back from this spell caster..AND AGAIN I WILL WANT TO ALSO TELL ALL THAT THIS SPELL CASTER I WILL WANT TO TELL THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT IS HARMLESS AND DO NOT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECT, BUT TO RESTORE AND GIVE YOU BACK WHAT YOU DESERVE, COS WHEN I MEET WITH THIS SPELL CASTER THAT WAS INTRODUCED TO ME BY THE WIFE OF MY BOSS IN MY WORKING PLACE, HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE CAN CAST SPELL ON SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS EXCEPT IN GETTING YOUR EX OR MAKING YOUR LOVER TO LOVE YOU MORE THAT WILL SUITE YOU. Last year December, My lover was cheating on me and was not also give me the attention that a man should give to a woman,And really that was troubling my mind and tearing my heart apart to the extent that i was not concentrating in the office the way i use to before the break up by my lover.And before that incident,I always see how my boss use to love his wife so much. I was bringing to think that i was not doing the right thing to him that will make him love me forever,So i really gathered my courage and went to my boss wife office to ask her the secret that made her husband love her so dearly,In the first place she refused in telling me,She asked me why i am asking her such a question,That if is it not normal for every man to love his wife.I told her the reason that made me ask her about this question,That my lover started cheating on me lately,When i knelt down before her for her to see my seriousness in this issue that i went to ask her,She opened up to me by telling me that i should not tell anybody about what she want to tell me,The wife to my boss started to say to me that she used a very powerful spell on his husband to love her,And the spell that she used is harmless, But the spell is just to make him love her and never to look for any other woman except her. I QUICKLY ASK HER HOW DID SHE GET TO KNOW THIS GREAT,POWER,DURABLE AND PERFECT WORK SPELL CASTER,she said that a friend of hers also introduce her to him. Then i also ask her how i can meet with this spell caster.SHE SAID EVERYTHING TO ME,THAT THE NAME OF THIS SPELL CASTER IS Dr.enato. My next question to her was how can i get this wonderful spell caster,She said she is going to give me the email of the spell caster for me to contact him for my problem,Really she gave to me this spell caster email:ugbefenlovespell@gmail.com and i contacted him and explained all to him,And after every thing that needed to be done by the spell caster, In the next two days, My lover that hated me so much came to house begging for forgiveness and i was so glad that i have finally gotten my heart desire..I was so grateful to this spell caster for what he has done for my life.. So i made a promise to him that i will always continue telling the world about his wonderful work towards me and also to other that came to you before and also the people that will also get to you from my story that i narrated online now..I will want to say to the entire world that you should not cry over noting again, That there is a great man that has been helping individuals to restore there Joy and smile in there faces !! The direct email to get this man is:(ugbefenlovespell@gmail.com)This is what i want to tell you all out there,That is thinking that all hope is lost OK..Thanks
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  • I’m shocked
    Well, I'm joining the queue it seems. Same story. Deleted all contacts for starters. Yahoo wouldn't let me email my contacts en masse because of 'spam' protection; kind of ironic I thought. Consider going off Yahoo to Google, and be VERY conservative with information. One thing I noticed when I try to edit my own information, is that Yahoo doesn't allow you to omit certain information. In other words, you have to compromise if you want to be with Yahoo.
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  • I’m unconcerned
    I am still conservative with my contact list. Then again, maybe I realized I did not need to put everyone back into it. =)

    In any case, I have seen postings on this matter in the geeks to go forum. I have gathered a lot of information to help myself from their forums.

    Here's the page to their site. I did find a worm on my computer within the past year and since I don't seem to have any other issues. I really can't say if it is or is not a coincidence.

    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/...

    good luck
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  • I’m Very Happy!
    I just had this same problem. CyberDefender (my $30.00 a year anti-virus) didn't catch the virus. I even did the full scan and it found nothing. My IT friend told me to download Microsoft Security Essentials which is a FREE anti-virus from Microsoft. I did this and did a quick scan and found nothing. I did the full scan and it found 8 "exploit" viruses. The Microsoft Security Essentials removed the viruses and I'm FREE! :)
    • CyberDefender isn't very good, obviously.

      If you're willing to pay money, Kaspersky is basically the best, and you can get it for free on Newegg when there's a rebate. MSE is OK for a free one, but you could try Avast! I used to not like Avast, but they recently smartened up alot.

      http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collec...
    • I am Miss Tricia.,From U S . I will start by saying to all that have experience heart break and also cant do with out there lover should please stop here and read up my story, So as you will know how to go solving or getting your ex back from this spell caster..AND AGAIN I WILL WANT TO ALSO TELL ALL THAT THIS SPELL CASTER I WILL WANT TO TELL THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT IS HARMLESS AND DO NOT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECT, BUT TO RESTORE AND GIVE YOU BACK WHAT YOU DESERVE, COS WHEN I MEET WITH THIS SPELL CASTER THAT WAS INTRODUCED TO ME BY THE WIFE OF MY BOSS IN MY WORKING PLACE, HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE CAN CAST SPELL ON SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS EXCEPT IN GETTING YOUR EX OR MAKING YOUR LOVER TO LOVE YOU MORE THAT WILL SUITE YOU. Last year December, My lover was cheating on me and was not also give me the attention that a man should give to a woman,And really that was troubling my mind and tearing my heart apart to the extent that i was not concentrating in the office the way i use to before the break up by my lover.And before that incident,I always see how my boss use to love his wife so much. I was bringing to think that i was not doing the right thing to him that will make him love me forever,So i really gathered my courage and went to my boss wife office to ask her the secret that made her husband love her so dearly,In the first place she refused in telling me,She asked me why i am asking her such a question,That if is it not normal for every man to love his wife.I told her the reason that made me ask her about this question,That my lover started cheating on me lately,When i knelt down before her for her to see my seriousness in this issue that i went to ask her,She opened up to me by telling me that i should not tell anybody about what she want to tell me,The wife to my boss started to say to me that she used a very powerful spell on his husband to love her,And the spell that she used is harmless, But the spell is just to make him love her and never to look for any other woman except her. I QUICKLY ASK HER HOW DID SHE GET TO KNOW THIS GREAT,POWER,DURABLE AND PERFECT WORK SPELL CASTER,she said that a friend of hers also introduce her to him. Then i also ask her how i can meet with this spell caster.SHE SAID EVERYTHING TO ME,THAT THE NAME OF THIS SPELL CASTER IS Dr.enato. My next question to her was how can i get this wonderful spell caster,She said she is going to give me the email of the spell caster for me to contact him for my problem,Really she gave to me this spell caster email:ugbefenlovespell@gmail.com and i contacted him and explained all to him,And after every thing that needed to be done by the spell caster, In the next two days, My lover that hated me so much came to house begging for forgiveness and i was so glad that i have finally gotten my heart desire..I was so grateful to this spell caster for what he has done for my life.. So i made a promise to him that i will always continue telling the world about his wonderful work towards me and also to other that came to you before and also the people that will also get to you from my story that i narrated online now..I will want to say to the entire world that you should not cry over noting again, That there is a great man that has been helping individuals to restore there Joy and smile in there faces !! The direct email to get this man is:(ugbefenlovespell@gmail.com)This is what i want to tell you all out there,That is thinking that all hope is lost OK..Thanks
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  • I have this problem on AOL. I removed my contact names and stopped for a day. I'm concerned it may happen every day at 10 AM.
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  • it started happening to me from my google account about three days ago. i did not pay to much attention but then it happen again. today i got my first responsehttp://getsatisfaction.com/yahoo/topi...# from one of my contacts getting mail from me without body.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Here's a new one: I have no contacts on a particular email account that I use only for specific purposes. Yet, anyone I have emailed from that account is getting these emails from me, including ME! Yes, I am getting messages to this account from "me". So, the contact list postings about this problem, unfortunately do not help or apply to me. I have uninstalled toolbars, run all of the anti-spam, anti-virus software recommended in these threads to no avail. I have also contacted Yahoo with, as expected, no results. Now what??
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  • This happened to me on March 15, 2011. Spam email was sent to all my Yahoo contacts (not by me course).

    How did they get access? Is this done on the computer level (does my computer have a virus?), or is confined to my Yahoo email and my browser? Someone recommended changing my Yahoo password - I did that and haven't really experienced any more problems ... does that really help?
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  • I'm amazed that so many people on this forum think that the spam that is being sent through Yahoo from their accounts to their contacts is somehow their fault. It is not your fault, people and it is not any spyware, malware, or Internet Explorer that is causing the problem. The problem is that Yahoo is an insanely corrupt organization with totally flawed software for both your Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo mail.
    They can't deny that because you will never find anyone there who takes responsibility. They have Yahoo chat filled with filth and crazy people, yet reporting does nothing. Their email program claims to help you with Spam while they have such security holes that their own servers attack your contact lists, compromise your privacy, and embarrass you to all your contacts. It is not YOU who is the problem. It is totally Yahoo's fault. Get that through your heads, will you? Try hotmail or gmail but stay off of Yahoo if you don't want to lose control of anything you do on there. They don't care. Got it? They really don't care and they aren't going to do anything about your spam problems or your security problems or their corrupt porn-laced messenger chat rooms. They are just evil.
    • "They" is an overstatement. Only the board of directors is. The rest of them don't have a clue.

      Also, as I mentioned to another person:

      Have you considered that maybe a rogue ex-Yahoo employee did this to get back at them?

      Or perhaps Google employees hired some Russians to push Yahoo users over to Google? These are far more likely, considering that Yahoo likes money, and customers running away loses money for them.

      Remember one rule about analyzing businesses: money.
      Remember another rule about analyzing businesses: sustainability.

      You broke both rules.
    • Have you considered that maybe a rogue ex-Yahoo employee did this to get back at them?

      Or perhaps Google employees hired some Russians to push Yahoo users over to Google?

      Also see my explanation below. Compromise in 3 easy steps! Here's a link:

      http://getsatisfaction.com/yahoo/topi...
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  • The same thing is happening to me right now ..how do I get it to stop spamming because its going thru all of my yahoo contracts
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  • I’m happy
    Same thing happened to my Mom, She changed and Password and everything was fine.
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  • In the past 5 days i have had well over 9000 emails with this-
    Mailer-Daemon@yahoo.com Failure Notice.

    I deleted my contacts months ago when bogus emails were sent out to all on my contact list. Two days ago i deleted yahoo messenger hoping to stop these from coming. It seems somehow these emails are being sent to those on my MSN contact list now as well as hundreds of emails i do not even know.
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    Wow Dale. Even though I am in no way responsible, I am sorry that your account is being compromised in this way.

    I would probably go straight to www.geekstogo.com or www.bleepingcomputer.com their volunteers are awesome at help on most topics. I have done the things that I posted above but I can't say that one particular thing stopped the email account hijacking.

    Its been 2 years from my first post, and I still only have a handful of contacts in place. And some of them are to my other email accounts so I can be aware if the spamming returns.

    In your case I would switch to gmail and forward all mail
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  • I opened a Gmail account several months ago and use it for almost everything important and i still am trying to get things switched from yahoo when i find them.
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  • I’m sick of people.
    Here's how it happens.

    Short story: Dumb people vs smart crackers ("hackers").

    Long story:

    Step 1
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    get the password by infiltration.

    Infiltration possibility 1: Decryption (Take the email account by force)
    The cracker figures out a way to download encrypted passwords from Yahoo, then uses a bunch of unsecured Windows computers to distributively decrypt the passwords. Many people have weak passwords, so this would give the cracker lots of victim email addresses, even if it doesn't give him all of them.

    Infiltration possibility 2: Trojans, Cookie-jacking (Sneak up on the user)
    You visit a website in your browser (browser = Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). The website has an exploit (maybe cookie-jacking) that tricks your browser into downloading a trojan program and executes it invisibly. The trojan might know how to look in outlook files, or at browser cookies where your active email credentials are stored while you're logged in, or perhaps it looks at the browser's list of usernames and passwords that it remembers for your convenience when you go to log into those sites. Once it finds information, it sends it across the internet to somewhere else, where the cracker is waiting, or it sends it to many places that split it up and send it to somewhere else that sends it to the cracker's computer, or the drone computers the cracker has taken over using security holes in Windows and Mac OS X. (This is often due to the owners of the computers not updating their computers).

    Infiltration possibility 3: Keyloggers (Trick the user)
    First a website tricks you into downloading and installing a keylogger or some other malware. It may look as innocent as an emoticon package, or it could look like a legitimate program that you've used before--only this time, you downloaded it from a different website, and it has extra "fun" code in it. The program might know how to look at outlook files, or at browser cookies, where your active session credentials are stored, or perhaps it looks at the list of site usernames and passwords that your browser remembers for your convenience.

    Step 2
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    Log into the email accounts and steal contacts. Send emails from your account.

    The cracker's program logs into the email address and exports all of your contacts' email addresses, just in case you delete them. Then it begins sending bogus emails to your contacts using your email address. If you have IMAP or POP3 enabled in your account (it may be enabled by default) it can use that easily to send the emails. If not, then the hacker/cracker must invent a way to automatically edit web pages from the email provider and insert the bogus email message into a response to be sent to the email server.

    Step 3
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    Send more emails pretending to be from you.

    You've secured your account, but now that the hacker/cracker has your contacts and your email address and optionally any other things he cares to know about your account, he can send more emails from a spam email account while using your email address in the "From" box, making it look like you're still sending bogus emails. At this point, spam filters on your contacts' email providers' servers should be updated soon to recognize the spam email addresses and will then block new messages from the hacker/cracker.
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  • Happened to me a few months ago, deleted my address book and the problem went away until now. Happened twice in the last week. A closer look revealed that it sent to the email addresses of the people in my "sent items" folder. Now I have deleted those and changed my settings so yahoo mail doesn't keep a copy in sent items. I don't believe it's any malicious code on my computer, but that it's a problem on yahoo's servers.
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    I am on Gmail, and know two people on Yahoo mail. In the past couple months I have gotten a spam email from both of them, one of which said "I thought of you when I found this link".

    Makes me glad I have Gmail, obviously from this page it is a huge problem that Yahoo is facing.
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  • And now I have joined the list of people having this problem with their Yahoo Mail account. Spam has been sent to all my 'contacts' there it was in my 'SENT' folder. Sent at a time my computer was off, and Yahoo does not show any log-in.

    I think it started when I received a similar 'SPAM' from a 'friend' I thought, and clicked on the link in the body of the email.

    All messages sent have the subject 'Hey', and are in in blocks of 20 addresses in the BCC field.

    An updated McAfee scan finds nothing.

    My Yahoo account keeps logging me out. A window appears asking me to log in again,

    The message says This is cool xxx://xxx.finance15lenews.net/biz/?employment=5421630....
    (http and www changed to xxx...don't go there)

    I use Firefox and normally stay logged into Yahoo for weeks
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  • The issue at hand has nothing to do with your computer or the browser you are using. Your Yahoo account has either been infiltrated at the server level or your email address is being SPOOFED. Either someone or something has figured out your password or your account on the server has a bot that is sending SPAM blasts from your account. Or your account is being SPOOFED, where basically emails are being sent out from a server with information imbedded that makes the emails appear to be from you. This is very common and hard to trace back. Either way, running countless virus/malware/spyware scans or reloading your computer, will have not effect, as proven by "goaway". It is up the Yahoo! to solve the issue, so it is waiting game at this point.
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  • My wife's Yahoo email is sending SPAM etc, I found the following suspicious entries in her Email Header:

    X-Yahoo-Newman-Id: 237802.11154.bm@smtp216.mail.ne1.yaho... X-Yahoo-Newman-Property: ymail-3
    Received: from [98.138.100.118] by nm25.bullet.mail.ne1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 08 Nov 2013 12:27:38 -0000 Received: from [98.138.226.129] by tm109.bullet.mail.ne1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 08 Nov 2013 12:27:38 -0000 Received: from [127.0.0.1] by smtp216.mail.ne1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 08 Nov 2013 12:27:38 -0000 DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=ovi.com; s=s1024; t=1383913658; bh=0abPdKnYohnjxDKooLnRhKii6jeQ0xyfl1VuXggQTKM=; h=X-Yahoo-Newman-Id:X-Yahoo-Newman-Property:X-YMail-OSG:X-Yahoo-SMTP:X-Rocket-Received:X-rim-org-msg-ref-id:Message-ID:Content-Transfer-Encoding:Reply-To:X-Priority:Sensitivity:Importance:To:From:Date:Content-Type:MIME-Version;


    I ran a trace on her Email Header and it returned a number of IP Addresses [98.138.226.129] [98.138.100.118] [98.138.91.118] that are blacklisted by sites like http://www.backscatterer.org/ and CASA CBL or cblless.anti-spam.org.cn. the only way I see out of this is for her to finally delete Yahoo and come accross the superior Google side ;) . I have been with Google for many years now and have never had any issues and I have my account enabled on multiple devices i.e Blackberry< Apple iPad, Microsoft Windows 7 laptops, Nokia Cell phones . . .

    If anybody has a simple solution then please share.
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