[pcductape] Re: How does this happen?

  • From: "Pam" <ltf01@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 23:52:38 -0500

Hi Vic,

<snip>
Real spoofing in a case like this would be to rather than mail itself out
using the address of the person infected, it takes a random name from the
infected person's address book and mails itself out as that person. That
makes it impossible to figure out which infected person's machine sent that
email to you.
</snip>

Exactly!  That is what I have been saying all along.

Pam
  -----Original Message-----
  From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Victor Firestone
  Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 12:24 AM
  To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [pcductape] Re: How does this happen?


  Pam,
  Surprisingly enough also behind virii are their creators.
  But just to clear things up - virii do not spoof email addresses - what
some of them do is use the machine they have infected to send out mail to
whomever using your smtp engine and your email address. This is not
spoofing - this is simple usage of your machine as a mail machine. Real
spoofing in a case like this would be to rather than mail itself out using
the address of the person infected, it takes a random name from the infected
person's address book and mails itself out as that person. That makes it
impossible to figure out which infected person's machine sent that email to
you.
  The fight and anger against not only spam but also spoofing and all the
numerous other things that are thrown against the average end user - you and
millions others, should be against those that create these and not against
the "programs" themselves.

  BTW, email addresses are also gathered in various other ways, - bots that
trawl websites and pick up email addresses , lists and places like yahoo
that have member directories that are open to the public, there are also
programs that run name dictionaries against for example "@hotmail" - can you
imagine how easy it would be to find Pam@hotmail, Pam1@hotmail,Pam2@hotmail
and so on and so on.

  Pam wrote:
    Hi Vic,
    I was referring to viruses. Viruses spoof the senders' email address
these days.

    Pam

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