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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 08:34 #258160

See above. Just received from Sag begging me to open a link.

Sag is now officially UNCLEAN.
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 13:26 #258171

HIV positive (Hewlett-Packard Internet Virus)
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 15:02 #258178

He just approached me in a parking lot asking for gas money for a car that was "over there".
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 21:51 #258183

ThirstyMan wrote:
See above. Just received from Sag begging me to open a link.

Sag is now officially UNCLEAN.

It's most likely not me. Emails that spoof someone generally come from other people's address books. I've been offline since Wednesday, but I'll have a look.
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 22:29 #258185

Just so you know what outrageous shit your email is asking me to do:

Hi Andy
bit.ly/2zz1WKp

Best Regards

sagrilarus

For morons: DON'T click on link above
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 22:40 #258186

Yeah, that's the machine-generated stuff that usually comes from someone's address book being hacked. My account shows no logins that weren't me, but I changed passwords anyway. Now I need to update it on the seven or eight devices I use to pick up email from that address.
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Sag, you have an email virus 24 Nov 2017 22:59 #258187

On a related note, about 4 weeks ago, I got maybe 500 emails 'returned' to me from addresses I never sent emails to. This continued for about 3 days and then stopped. I deleted maybe 800 emails in total.

After judicious research, it turns out that there is nothing you can do about this kind of thing. It usually is not your account security that is the problem, but companies selling your email address to others for commercial benefit. Solution is to delete the returned emails and sit tight.
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Sag, you have an email virus 25 Nov 2017 11:22 #258192

There’s a decent chance the virus/hack is on your end Thirsty. That’s usually what this is. They go into names you would trust and send you an email « from » there instead of a Nigerian prince
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Sag, you have an email virus 26 Nov 2017 08:09 #258203

Nah, I checked with a cyber security guy I know.

It happens on the odd occasion (once in 20 years for me). Nothing you can do until it burns itself out.
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Sag, you have an email virus 26 Nov 2017 13:35 #258209

It all depends what you got hit by.
Our organization was hit mid-year (no training IT security training for users, we're govt and have pretty pathetic managers, and some clicked a phishing email that came in) and their account was used for sending out dozens (luckily not hundreds) of emails to people from their address books - we know this from teh header info in the emails received by the recipients and by checking our email gateway traffic.
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