View Full Version : My email was hacked.

06-21-2010, 08:19 PM
All the people in my address book got an advertisement for some drug site in Canada. I once got one and I can't remember if Viagra was on that. Hopefully not since my kids are on my email list.

So what do I do now?

06-21-2010, 10:07 PM
Change your password? I am not sure but I think that is about all you can do and let your friends know that it wasn't you. I could be really wrong though LOL Back in the day when I used myspace that was all you could do when your account was hacked.

06-21-2010, 10:14 PM
When my wife's Facebook was hacked, she changed all her credit cards, passwords and PayPal, since they also got access to her e-mail that had several messages with various passwords. If it's just your email and no personal or financial information is compromised, I'd just change my password and sent out an email to all your friends saying that the previous message is not from you.

06-21-2010, 10:27 PM
Don't worry, your email was probably not actually hacked by a person, but by a spam generating worm. The only thing to do is send an email to your whole list, explaining it wasn't you and telling them not to open the email that has no subject line (assuming it was one of the recent ones with no subject)

You were probably sent the item from someone else and it grabbed your list.

I find Gmail to be the best at filtering these, and have never gotten one to gmail, though I get them to my work emails all the time.

06-21-2010, 11:04 PM
I tend to agree with MamaB2C. It was probably a worm that harvested the addresses from your address book rather than cracking your actual email account.

06-22-2010, 01:18 AM
Agreed with MamaB2C and David, it's been happening to my husband (we're getting blank emails from him with just a link in it) and to me (I got one email from myself with an ad for Viagra). We're on Yahoo.

06-22-2010, 02:05 AM
Mine hasn't been broken into but I have received the emails from 3 people, one Gmail, one Hotmail and one Yahoo. I sent an email to my address book letting them know I wouldn't open any messages from them without a subject anymore. Most people do put a subject but I know I have on occasion sent am email without a subject line.

Ann, you should be fine. My sister decided to stop the old email address and use it purely for junk mail and made a new account and email for her family and friends, just to be sure.

06-22-2010, 07:55 AM
My GMAIL got hacked while I was in Six Flags last week. I got email notifications on my phone and checked it, I saw an email I supposedly sent which was just a link. And I saw that gmail was kicking them all back to me. Since I was on my phone I couldn't do much. By the time I got home the hackers changed my passwordl so I couldn't get in to it.I had to have GMAIL lock out the account for 24 hours and then change my password. Ticked me off too because I have cryptic passwords and trying to come up with new ones take forever.

06-22-2010, 08:37 AM
Spam worms grab email addresses and send emails to them, they also grab an email address from the list to spoof the from address on future sendings. That means anyone who got the worm, can have their address used to send them back out. Don't ever click on weird links or attachments without verifying with the sender, to prevent viruses, but the spam worms you can't do too much about.

I have gotten emails from myself (at work), old or little used addresses, due to that sender spoofing.