Posted 05 December 2008 - 11:08 AM
Had the same problem with my Yahoo account, which passed the ekantoy message on to my Yahoo contact list on December 1st, 2008.
Fortunately for me, my Yahoo contact list is very small as I use Yahoo mostly for receiving "forwarding" jokes that some friends insist on sending and also for registering for and receiving newsletter mailings. But even with my small contact list, it was embarrassing to have this happen through my mail!
I have spent some time today looking for more information on this, so far without much luck apart from your posting. There are other reference out there to an older outbreak of hackers getting mailbox passwords and exploiting the contact lists, but little else about this latest variant.
One positive note - my other email, the one used for my important correspondence, has not yet exhibited any bad behaviour. This makes me suspect that this worm/virus/trojan targets Yahoo and Hotmail. I hope I am correct.
I will watch this post in hope that someone else can shed light on this and identify the "ekantoy" mail.