[OT] Viagra from Livecode?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue Sep 13 17:21:09 CDT 2011


Do AOL and Yahoo have lockout policies? Pretty sure they do. If so, then I am a grave doubter of the guess theory. It would take forever to run a dictionary attack. It's more likely malware, or (pretty remote chance of this) intercepted wireless or ethernet traffic. (Didn't you mention you were a teacher? Any kids in your class that seem "promising"?) I am sure AOL and Yahoo do not send passwords clear text. Some people use the same account and password for a lot of different things, and one of those things may use clear text login. Another remote possibility is a compromise of a user/password database somewhere. 

Also, if the email appeared to be coming from Richmond, there is a pretty good chance it didn't. Most spammers are smarter than that these days. Only way to tell is to look at the headers (if possible). What worries me is that Jacque also got emails from off list, suggesting common data access. It may be coincidence, it may not. When in doubt, assume enemy action. 

Richmond, if you do any internet access from a Windows machine, I would be suspect of that until you can confirm otherwise, and do not use it to change your password or log into any sensitive accounts. Consider also, that if you kept any other passwords saved in your email (Google keeps an All Mail folder the putzes) those are also likely compromised. Finally, of course, make sure your malware protection is up to date. 

Bob


On Sep 13, 2011, at 12:43 PM, Jerry Jensen wrote:

> I've seen this numerous times in the last few months, usually from aol or yahoo accounts. So far it has apparently turned out to be guessed passwords. Change your password, Richmond. Use a good one. Certainly nothing thats in the dictionary!
> --Jerry
> 
> On Sep 13, 2011, at 10:04 AM, J. Landman Gay wrote:
> 
>> On 9/13/11 7:28 AM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
>>> Not at all funny; just got an e-mail ostensibly from the Livecode
>>> Use-List and myself (!!!!!) containing NO title an the following URL:
>> 
>> Same thing (with varying URLs) has come to me from a couple of AOL users. There's a bug going around.
>> 
>> -- 
>> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
>> HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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