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I'm curious to know if someone hacks your email, do they only send to contacts in your contact list. To be more specific. I got a spam email from a friend, it was sent to five people including myself. There was one email address that was unrecognizable and had a funny name. I googled it and it led me to a "bad" website. Could that have been part of the aim of that original spam email? Or was the email address in my friends contact list? He told me he had no idea what it was and it must have been sent by whoever hacked or spoofed his email. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I'm curious to know if someone hacks your email, do they only send to contacts in your contact list

 

yes and no, I do recommend you change your passwords as well as your friend.

 

 

There was one email address that was unrecognizable and had a funny name. I googled it and it led me to a "bad" website.

 

Did you receive any antivirus warnings or click on any links while at the bad web site?

 

 

Could that have been part of the aim of that original spam email? Or was the email address in my friends contact list? He told me he had no idea what it was and it must have been sent by whoever hacked or spoofed his email.

 

It probably began with your friends machine. Email passwords are usually spoofed and stolen and that allows entry this way or it could had come from an email from when of his friends and he clicked on a link that started the process.

 

Have you run any scans to check to see if any malware was loaded?

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There was one email address that was unrecognizable and had a funny name. I googled it and it led me to a "bad" website.

Did you receive any antivirus warnings or click on any links while at the bad web site?

When I say "bad" website... it was actually to an website to an escort service. This is a new friend that I don't know very well and am concerned that the email address was one of his contacts. Or if he is completely innocent and his email was hijacked and they added that email address with his contacts. The email address was like fi@yahoo, the other four email addresses were people he knew. When I googled Fi@yahoo, it led to that website. I don't recall getting any warnings.

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in case someone should try to google it :)
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I'm going to take a guess, if it was spam......he didn't personally send it. Because thats what it sounds like if it was sent out to all the people on his contact list.

Now, if it were to just a chosen few, that sounds different.

 

I can leave this thread open, in the mean while if something should rear it's ugly head just let me know.

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Someone hacked into his email. I know the initial email was spam sent from his box and he definitely didn't send the email. The body of the email just had a link that I didn't click. When I looked at the details of the email. The FROM: had his name and email address. The next line was TO: (who it was sent to). It was sent to a total of five people, myself and four other people. The three other email addresses were normal. The email I mentioned above looked funny to me, so I googled it (as I do everything) when I googled it, I was led to a website for an escort service. My question is was this email address from his contact list. Or did whoever hack into his account, add that address to the email.

 

Thank you for your quick responses and keeping this open. :)

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You did a good job yourself researching this and especially not clicking on any links. I can just about guarantee there was an infection lined up to be the pay load.

 

My question is was this email address from his contact list. Or did whoever hack into his account, add that address to the email.

 

I'm going to go out on a limb here, my opinion is no. I do not feel it was a part of his email contacts but added in by the malicious agent. I think your friend is a victim too.

 

Let's remember, I have to nothing to verify I'm right or to prove the name is or is not on his contacts list. Explain to your friend he needs to change all his passwords and run scans to ensure his machine is clean.

 

Wish I had all the correct answers. What we can say is you didn't fall for it.

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