Saturday, 4 September 2010

A plague on both your houses! I am sped.

I got about 100 email delivery failure notifications from emails I didn't send today. Talk about rejection! Still not sure exactly how/what happened but some artificial intelligence / virus got a hold of my Gmail deets and started firing off emails to everybody in my contacts list.  The ever vigilant Google gestapo eventually stopped delivering the emails and rejected them due to 'suspicious activity on my account' 

The emails had a link to some dodgy site which would download malware or a virus if you clicked on it. I have no idea how many bogus emails actually got thru to peeps and how many actually clicked on the bogus links (hopefully limited damage) but just a heads up to those of you slow to check your emails - If you a get an email from me with an obscure link - DON'T click on it!.... and if you DID click on it then you might want to see a doctor....a PC doctor that is or at least run a virus scan.

p.s. If you have an itchy rash down 'there' you should probably see a 'real' doctor but don't blame me for that.

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nick September 05, 2010 4:38 am  

No emails from Mr Quickie in my inbox. The BT firewalls seem to be pretty tough, I rarely get spam of any kind. Btw, Mr Quickie, I have speshial deel on Viagra this weak onli, are you intrestid? If so, click on this lynk

Quickroute September 05, 2010 10:17 am  

@ Nick: I'll take you up on your offer if you help my Nigerian cousin (a royal prince no less)get his fortune out of the country. Deal?

Baino September 05, 2010 2:49 pm  

I did click but it was an ad for Viagra which is of no particular use to me. No virus thankfully. . . good old Mac

Spike September 07, 2010 11:33 am  

Actually I think what happens is that you are receiving spam messages that say "message rejected" and the A.I. is inserting your details into the messages as the "sender." If you were to look in your Sent items folder, you wouldn't see any of these.

Quickroute September 08, 2010 6:17 pm  

@ Spike: No they do show up in my sent folder unfortunately

Anonymous,  September 10, 2010 10:15 pm  

I got one of your e mails - I almost feel honoured :-) My twitter account was similarly hacked last week - bloody bastards!

Quickroute September 10, 2010 11:35 pm  

@ conortje: Hackattacks everywhere the last few days it seems

wandermom September 11, 2010 3:49 pm  

Well hello! I didn't get an email from you but that maybe because I'm in the land of speedy internet (NOT!!) and haven't been able to check email or much else lately.
Apart from that: we're loving Ecuador + are getting down to planning our visit to your old home base (Buenos Aires) around the holidays.

Quickroute September 11, 2010 5:01 pm  

Can't believe you are already on your way RTW - plenty of tips for Argie for you

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