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Virus threat???

By sparklyscotty ·
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Hi. I recieved a weird message in my inbox today. (See pasted below). There was no attatchment, but I never sent the e-mail they are refering to. It is probably just 'nuisance' mail, but I was worried that maybe my e-mail address is being used by someone malicious to spam others? Can anyone shed a bit of light?

--"A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:
retry time not reached for any host after a long failure period

------ This is a copy of the message's headers. ------

Return-path: <>
Received: from [] (
by with esmtp id 1CyH5c-0001B6-IQ
for; Mon, 07 Feb 2005 22:10:43 +0000
Subject: Re: important
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 22:10:40 +0000
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal"--

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I get dozens of these.

by DC_GUY In reply to Virus threat???

Someone has hijacked your e-mail address and is sending out e-mails that appear to be from you. The ones I get usually also say that my e-mail contained a virus, that was the reason it was not delivered, and I should virus-check my computer.

A more sophisticated mail server would be able to find the true sender's address and realize that it's not you.

I wouldn't worry about it. Chances are that the hacker has never even been in contact with your computer. Your e-mail address is probably posted on several BBS's, e-Bay, etc.

This is a good wake-up call to review your computer security habits and make any upgrades you've been putting off. If like most people you're stuck with Windows instead of OS/X, the software is getting steadily worse and the hackers are getting steadily better.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to Virus threat???

There may be a virus involved, but not likely on your own system(s). You email address wasn't "hijacked", it was spoofed. Someone sent an email and claimed to be you - Sorta like an impressionist (not the painting kind) calling you at home and claiming to be the President.

This may be the result of someone you know [through a few degrees of separation, even] having been infected. There is a strong indication that spammers are writing viruses now to take over a web of computers to use as zombie relays (or amplifiers...).

Not to discourage you from checking your security and virus updates, of course, but you're not the one who sent the mail...

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I also got many mails like this!

by gsmokha In reply to Well...

I also got so many mails like this in Hotmail... but don't be worried 'Petrak' is right that it is a Spoof email.

Just delete them and onething more DON'T REPLY THEM!


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Just curious

by Cactus Pete In reply to I also got many mails lik ...

What's with the 'Petrak'?

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by house In reply to Virus threat???

If you don't recognize the message, the Mail server is responding to virus or spam activity. This is all too common, and it is a major issue in the Mail Server world; typical of @mm, @m, and spam.

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by sparklyscotty In reply to auto reply

Thanks guys. Just hated the thought of my customers recieving a virus / spam becuase of carelessness on my part. I have good firewall / anti-virus procedures in place, and routinely check my system for problems.
Thanks for the reassurance.

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If you want to automatically remove emails like that.

by dbucyk In reply to Virus threat???

Just configure Outlook Express through Mail Rules and create rules to recognize these attachments and words and it will automatically delete them from the inbox.

Also, disable the preview pane and don't automatically use it to view messages. I don't know if you know, but if you disable the preview pane, viruses will just sit there because the executable can't start till it's open.

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