Re: [Over-40-and-Kicking-It-Up-Adventure-and­-Social-Club] Re: BOTS and SPAMS

From: judy
Sent on: Monday, September 12, 2011 9:27 PM

please stop this. This is way out of hand!





 


From: "Bob" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, September 12,[masked]:01:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Over-40-and-Kicking-It-Up-Adventure-and-Social-Club] Re: BOTS and SPAMS

I think we should move this to a discussion topic, as several of the other larger Meetup groups have done likewise.  Especially the ones that have a substantial number of IT specialists in their memberships.

The best protection against spoofing right now is to not be in any address books.  Large office and government systems tend to have firewalls with ample protection.  We know that some of our members' email addresses are being spoofed, and, since the Meetup mailing list is in their address book, subsequent emails will be sent even without that person's knowledge.  It is easy to spoof email because SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) lacks authentication on many systems.

And making sure the AOL or Yahoo email address is protected, that will do nothing to ensure the MSN or Comcast email address is protected.  Especially if your system is compromised and someone spoofs your email address from another system or server.

For example, one recent email from a member saying that she contacted AOL, ironically, went through a cox.net server outside of the US.  And it had a virus that was sent to Meetup via the Meetup listserv.



From: Deborah Hobbs <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, September 12,[masked]:13 PM
Subject: RE: [Over-40-and-Kicking-It-Up-Adventure-and-Social-Club] Re: BOTS and SPAMS

I have no idea if I got this but I am using a work network with a lot of protections so probably not I guess.
 
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Monday, September 12,[masked]:15 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [Over-40-and-Kicking-It-Up-Adventure-and-Social-Club] Re: BOTS and SPAMS
 
Mark has hit the nail right on the head.  Please follow his cogent advice and you will be fine.
 
 

From: Mark Nell <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, September 12,[masked]:10 PM
Subject: Re: BOTS and SPAMS


--- On Mon, 9/12/11, Mark Nell <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Mark Nell <[address removed]>
Subject: BOTS and SPAMS
To: [address removed]
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:08 PM
This has nothing to do with the Meetup corporate office and it is not due to any foreign attacks on your computer by terrorists.  The simple answer is to do a full system scan on your computer.  This was said before by another member, and those that did so were able to cleanse their system.  Changing a password to one of your email addresses that you use for Meetup will do absolutely nothing to a compromised hard drive.

The purpose of these malicious programs is to gather email addresses and to replicate the program using your address book so as to continue the process.

If your computer is infected with spyware, run a full, in-depth scan using a reputable anti-virus program.

Changing passwords or complaining to the corporate office or commiserating with others, again, will do nothing to your computer that is infected.  In fact, Meetup is asking members to clean their system rather than to complain about it to Meetup Headquarters or to others, because then you will send the same virus to others.

If you know what you are doing, look on the email address of the email part of the spam by opening the full headers and you will see the location of the IP address - it is not even in the U.S.  Yes, you can see the country of origin therein and law enforcement is aware of it.
 




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