I've noticed ads to look for your classmates pop up all the time on SBCglobal.net. The insidious thing of this and other "ads" is that when I'm reading a ligit e-mail or am on a desired website, I may slur over, not click on their ad with my mouse and up it comes. Extremely annoying and hope it hasn't infected my computer.
From: John Hansen <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: ADMIN: Posting from MYLIFE.COM
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, June 15, 2009, 11:17 AM
MyLife used to be Reunion.com and was a pretty good people search service. It's sad to see they have joined the intrusive bunch. I get a lot from them too and don't respond.
Another is grouply of which I am invited to join nd see regularly but never respond. They are said to be identity stealers.
Lately I've been seeing other similar programs.
Thanks for the info.
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Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 10:14 AM
Subject: ADMIN: Posting from MYLIFE.COM
Because only subscribers to the list can post to the list, we get very little spam on MOBirds-L. But occasionally, we do get it from subscribers whose computers have contracted email-happy viruses that raid address books and automatically broadcast emails to the victim's contacts. This is rare, and when it does happen, the viral emails are usually recognized and blocked by the list server. And because the list server rejects all attachments, any that do get through are rendered harmless.
In the case of yesterday's posting, it appears that no virus, and no attachment were involved. The message came from a social networking website which, according to numerous complaints online, takes the liberty of mining the address books of its members and automatically sending invitations to every email address listed therein. These invitations use spoofed return addresses to make it appear that they are coming from someone you know, rather than an unknown and suspicious website, which surely increases the number of unsuspecting folks who sign up. And because the spoofed return address was that of one of our subscribers, MOBirds-L accepted the message and sent it out as legitimate. The message contains no virus, but were you to click on anything in it, it would take you to a website which would solicit you to sign up and supply your personal information. I
would of course strongly advise against doing so.
Please be careful what you click on, here or anywhere. My rule of thumb is that if it looks even the slightest bit fishy, it almost certainly is fishy.
MOBirds-L list co-owner
St. Louis, MO
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