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Is Yahoo webmail getting taken over by scammers/spammers lately?

 

I don't really use it very much any longer, but noticed lately that I've been getting mail from some old friends I haven't heard from in a while. When I click to view the message it is just an advertisement or a link to a random site for online casino or adult natured. The messages appear to be mass mailed to multiple recipients. My friends are completely unaware of the messages being sent from their accounts as well.

 

Thinking it may be time to get away from Yahoo and find a better way of receiving email.

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has nothing to do with yahoo and everything to do with users not using secure passwords.

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This is happening with other providers. Be careful of e-mails that have no subject and notice if you don't see the usual recipients that particular person sends e-mails to. Change your password every month. I got an e-mail at 3:00 in the morning and I know that person listed as the sender is fast asleep at that time!!!

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Maybe I should have posted here instead but my yahoo e-mail got hacked. Any ideas? I did a scan and everything came out fine but it seems the e-mails I sent comes back. ideas?

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Maybe I should have posted here instead but my yahoo e-mail got hacked. Any ideas? I did a scan and everything came out fine but it seems the e-mails I sent comes back. ideas?

 

Yes, here's an idea. DELETE your Yahoo acct. and use a real email like Thunderbird > http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Yahoo has always been trouble!

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

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sorry badbinary but you appear to be wrong. Take a look at this thread: http://community.bt.com/t5/Other-BB-Queries/BT-email-accounts-hacked/td-p/796762.

 

I think it's on page 25 that there's a report that Yahoo got hacked into in New Zealand a couple of years ago.

lol...i don't think you understand.

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Maybe I should have posted here instead but my yahoo e-mail got hacked. Any ideas? I did a scan and everything came out fine but it seems the e-mails I sent comes back. ideas?

first off, your yahoo account wasn't "hacked". they simply figured out your not very secure password or you have a keylogger on your computer (not likely, but possible).secondly, contact yahoo for issues with your password. Edited by badbinary

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first off, your yahoo account wasn't "hacked". they simply figured out your not very secure password or you have a keylogger on your computer (not likely, but possible).secondly, contact yahoo for issues with your password.

 

Okay. If I did the scan, would it come up as having keylogger? Is there something I can do to check for it?

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yes, a malware / virus scan would probably detect a keylogger as malware.

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Just for the hell of it, I ran malwarebytes antimalware and it did find an issue.

 

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So it allowed me to remove it and I'm doing another scan with malwarebytes to make sure.

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that's not a keylogger, it's adware. while you don't want it on your system, it's not causing a password issue with yahoo. you really should contact yahoo support.

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Yes, here's an idea. DELETE your Yahoo acct. and use a real email like Thunderbird > http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Yahoo has always been trouble!

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

Not sure about anyone else, but think I'm going to take c_b's advice here. Of course I do agree that the best thing to do is change password often and make sure it's a secure one.

I did have a gmail account once, but somehow I lost control of it only 1 week after opening it. Google simply deleted the account when I reported the hijack.

So far AOL is the only webmail I haven't had any problem with, aside from the spam folder always having tons of junk mail in it. Just random junk about online casinos, buy Viagra online for cheap (don't need and don't believe it's really that cheap), or the one's to join "dating sites" for dating married people.

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I have contacted Yahoo's support though and I think they knew about the issue when the sending of the e-mail was outside the zone I had set. Like I have it where I am in Pacific/Los Angeles time zone and the e-mails were sent from Australia.

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Not sure about anyone else, but think I'm going to take c_b's advice here. Of course I do agree that the best thing to do is change password often and make sure it's a secure one.I did have a gmail account once, but somehow I lost control of it only 1 week after opening it. Google simply deleted the account when I reported the hijack.So far AOL is the only webmail I haven't had any problem with, aside from the spam folder always having tons of junk mail in it. Just random junk about online casinos, buy Viagra online for cheap (don't need and don't believe it's really that cheap), or the one's to join "dating sites" for dating married people.

thunderbird is just an email client, not an email provider like yahoo is. what c_b suggested makes no real sense as you will still need to get a pop/imap mail provider.i've had an email account with yahoo for over 10 years now and have never had issues because i use a secure password. at least 8 characters, mixture of upper and lower case, special characters, and numbers. also make sure it's not a word but rather is just random.

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I'll try to be polite, badbinary.

 

You said "lol...i don't think you understand." First of all, it's not a laughing matter, Secondly, I probably don't understand as I'm not an expert - with a name like yours, you really must be an expert.

 

So help me understand. The thread to which I pointed you makes it very clear that these bl**dy hackers haven't hacked into individuals' PCs - they've got into Yahoo's server or wherever else the account details are kept.

 

A much respected name in the PC world has said "Unfortunately this is far too common with providers of web based Email. And some forums. In most cases the server is hit and their email list along with passwords are stolen. In some cases, just having the list of email names and some other non-encrypted information is enough for automated tools to continuously try to generate a password reset. It’s one of the reasons I recently wrote about using fake security questions. I’ve found it doesn’t matter how hard your password is when a service uses common security questions".

 

But - hey! Perhaps he doesn't understand either.

 

Not content with taking a pop at me, you then go on to say "what c_b suggested makes no real sense." I'm sure he can defend himself but I will say that whenever I've had a problem and posted here, c_b has resolved my problem.

 

But - hey! Perhaps he doesn't understand either.

 

PS if the thread that I referred to is correct, the fact that you have not been affected (me, neither) means diddly squat - a computer term, I understand. The people behind the hacking are just biding their time; perhaps they'll use your details - and mine - to lauch a DoS attach in the future on your government.

Edited by daveu

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I'll say it again, Yahoo has always been nothing but trouble. I had a Yahoo acct once and the Yahoo Messenger and all the other Yahoo's that came with it...it was a MAJOR PITA! Now, I don't allow anything Yahoo on my machines and all the better for it. ;)

 

 

 

:geezer:

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@ C_B

 

But doesn't TBird just access the online account, whether it's POP3, IMAP whatever. I don't believe it offers any additional security when it comes to passwords. In fact as TBird stores your password, it's probably more vulnerable.

 

The issue seems to be at the server end, in this case Yahoo. But I know MS have suffered with this and also in the UK BT Internet is having the same issues currently.

 

Simply using the ISP account doesn't change the fact that the ISP Account server has be trawled for passwords.

 

First advice would be to change the account password, but on another PC, not the one you normally use.

 

(And then ditch Yahoo)

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Actually, you're correct nigsy

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

 

There's a first time for everything :lol:

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Hopefully I won't have any other problems. For the record, they do ask for a mobile number in case of hacking, I don't give them any number and I never use Yahoo Messenger. This is the first time since I've used yahoo that I've had a problem.

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i just want to be clear on something: guessing your password is not hacking. the word "hacking" is probably the most misused word on the internet.

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i just want to be clear on something: guessing your password is not hacking. the word "hacking" is probably the most misused word on the internet.

 

I can't speak for others but when I used the word hacking, I was referring to the nasties who've gotten into Yahoo's mail server and helped themselves to log-ons and passwords. That's 'hacking' in my book, unless of course it was an inside job.

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