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where to a report possible pc hacking?


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#1 MrsRat

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 01:35 AM

I'm now receiving emails from a closed AOL account that belongs to my friend. She switched from AOL to a different isp over a month ago. Last night I checked my email and there was a email from her to me, but It is in a different language like dutch or something. Noticing the language made me suspicious thats when I noticed it was from her closed account. It contained one sentence then a link to click on. No, I didn't click on it. I checked the rest of my email and there was 2 more. One was in the same foreign language with a link to click on. The other was in English and it had no subject but when I looked at it it said :
OK OK OK,,,,,,,, here it is
Then there was an attachment that said "our secrets".
I called my friend and she said she was still upset with the way AOL talked to her when she closed her account and now she refuses to deal with them. Apparently they kept insisting she not close her account and they kept offering her free trial periods. She got upset because she felt pressured and intimidated so she argued with them. (thats another story but...)Now she won't call...
I know thats strange but if she can't see the seriousness of this - then I'd like to at least bring it to the attention of someone who investigates. being her account - even though its closed - I can't call AOL, but there must be some criminal hacker activity going on here. I did virus scan the email attachment and it contains a worm that Norton 2005 said cant get rid of so they said don't open or download it.
This probably sounds strange, especially since she doesn't want to address it! I want to!!! Can anyone advise me what to do??????? I read about this kind of thing but never thought I'd see something like this in my mailbox from a closed account on top of it. I don't understand people who do these things and want to spread virus'. It seems to me that a security or identity violation is commited here and the willful spreading of a virus. I know there has to be laws broken here . right? I hope I explained this well enough- I'm a little freaked out about the whole thing and I don't want to just delete it and forget it. Thank you so much.
~ Tamara


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Posted 24 May 2005 - 08:39 AM

This may be either a result of the theft of her account info to send malware OR a successful takover of her computer by a worm or trojan to turn it into a zombie.

AOL probably doesn't care.

The thing to do is run a few web based scans on her computer and a couple of anti-malware programs like the Microsoft Anti-spyware beta.

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest


Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 03:21 PM

Any Email address on an unprotected computer can be stolen and used as a sender address by a spam bot, so it could be on her computer or on any other computer that happens to have it.
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Posted 26 May 2005 - 09:26 AM

What about legalities? Isn't there someplace that investigates these things. #1- I know it didn't come from her #2- It's carrying a virus......... thats not an accident.
If there is such a legal fuss over spam mail, then I would think this is far worse.
What kind of people deliberately sabotage someones PC. Obviously these are very intelligent people - who have nothing better to do but destroy someones computer????????? I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post. I just thought for sure someone would know where to report it. Anyone............................?
~ Tamara


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Posted 26 May 2005 - 12:22 PM

Most viruses are transmitted by Email and P2P file sharing. The most practical action you can take is to report the incident in detail to your ISP.
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John
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Posted 26 May 2005 - 01:05 PM

Don't know if it will help, but you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission at uce@ftc.gov
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Posted 26 May 2005 - 09:16 PM

Thanks!
I'll try both. What do I have to lose. I really appreciate your input. Thanks again John & ddeerrff
~ Tamara


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