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How do I determine Severity of Email Threat?


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#1 chiiibill

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:38 PM

Have kept in touch with a childhood buddy (call him Steve Jobs) now in Europe for years via email & Facebook.

Received phishing email from an email using his name (Steve.jobs345@bigpond.com) with an ISP in Australia, directing me to a link in .ru (Russia).

 

How dangerous is this? How does this 3rd party know of the connection? Were accounts hacked? Or might it just be someone observing frequent FB comments?

 

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:45 PM

Well first, if you got an email from him and he did NOT send it, his account could be compromised, (change passwords, etc)

 

and if you clicked that link you too could be infected with the same thing that sent the phishing email.

 

can't say definitively how they know of the connection, one or both of you could be infected and not know it, accounts may have been hacked and very well could them observing facebook comments. 


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Posted 26 August 2016 - 05:39 PM

Just opening the email will not install malware on your computer. If you clicked on a link in that email or opened an attachment to that email

then it is possible that you would be infected with malware.

 

Both you and your friend should change passwords and secret words/ phrases. You were likely required to give either another email address or a cell phone number

where you could receive info for like a lost password. That should be changed, too.


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Posted 26 August 2016 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for the replies.

That was not an email address of his. Whoever was trying to scam me just included a familiar name in their created address hoping I would assume.

 

Address, ISP, link all looked like a setup and didn't touch the link. was just wondering what might have been compromised or might it just be, for example, a Facebook observer attempting some social engineering.

 

We changed passwords. Thanks for the head up re: backup  pw's and numbers.



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 08:19 PM

It is difficult if not impossible to determine how the emailer got your address and connected to your friend. 

 

Your welcome....happy surfin'


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