Hacked e-mail account
Thread poster: Luis Arri Cibils

Luis Arri Cibils  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:33
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
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Jul 16, 2013

Dear colleagues,
My email account was hacked, and many friends and colleagues are letting me know that they are receiving spam from my msn email account (account name: Luis Arri). Please do not open any email you receive from that account, much less click on any attachment. I have now recovered control of the account and am checking whether any further damage was made. My most sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
Luis


 

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:33
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No problem Jul 16, 2013

I recognized what happened right away when I received such an e-mail from "you" earlier today. When an e-mail arrives with nothing more than a link, it usually means an account has been hacked. I have received such messages many times, and have had such messages sent to my account.

All the best!

Robert


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:33
English to German
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Does the offered link read "kustomtechnology"? Jul 16, 2013

If so, I just fell for it. You have to crash your browser to get out of this loop. The email came from another ProZ.com colleague, though. With about 20 other colleagues in the address line.

 

Luis Arri Cibils  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:33
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Not the same e-mail Jul 16, 2013

Nicole Schnell wrote:

If so, I just fell for it. You have to crash your browser to get out of this loop. The email came from another ProZ.com colleague, though. With about 20 other colleagues in the address line.


I do not think it is the same. I do not recall ever exchanging e-mails with you. It seems the hacker was using the list of people with whom I had exchanged e-mails in the past. Also, from the emails that bounced (delivery notification status), the fake emails were sent individually (not to a group of people) and consisted in just a line, a website address of the form: www.domain name.com (or in)/perfectjobg.php
The domain name varied from email to email.

Luis


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:33
English to German
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Then it IS indeed the same email: www.domain name.com (or in)/perfectjobg.php Jul 16, 2013

Luis Arri Cibils wrote:

Nicole Schnell wrote:

If so, I just fell for it. You have to crash your browser to get out of this loop. The email came from another ProZ.com colleague, though. With about 20 other colleagues in the address line.


I do not think it is the same. I do not recall ever exchanging e-mails with you. It seems the hacker was using the list of people with whom I had exchanged e-mails in the past. Also, from the emails that bounced (delivery notification status), the fake emails were sent individually (not to a group of people) and consisted in just a line, a website address of the form: www.domain name.com (or in)/perfectjobg.php
The domain name varied from email to email.

Luis




http://www. kustomtechnology.com/perfectjobg.php


Mine came from a ProZ.com colleague here in the US with whom I work together a lot.

So, does that mean that email addresses at ProZ.com got hacked?


 

xxxnrichy
France
Local time: 14:33
French to Dutch
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Got something like that too Jul 16, 2013

Mine was
http:// blog.vibrantjewelry.com/perfectjobg.php

It came from a colleague in the US with whom I exchanged some e-mails. It was sent to an e-mail account which is not linked with proz.com, but which is a secondary address in my LinkedIn account.

The link led to another website.

What are the consequences, for him and for me?


 

Luis Arri Cibils  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:33
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
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I don't think it is related to ProZ Jul 16, 2013

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Luis Arri Cibils wrote:

Nicole Schnell wrote:

If so, I just fell for it. You have to crash your browser to get out of this loop. The email came from another ProZ.com colleague, though. With about 20 other colleagues in the address line.


I do not think it is the same. I do not recall ever exchanging e-mails with you. It seems the hacker was using the list of people with whom I had exchanged e-mails in the past. Also, from the emails that bounced (delivery notification status), the fake emails were sent individually (not to a group of people) and consisted in just a line, a website address of the form: www.domain name.com (or in)/perfectjobg.php
The domain name varied from email to email.

Luis




http://www. kustomtechnology.com/perfectjobg.php


Mine came from a ProZ.com colleague here in the US with whom I work together a lot.

So, does that mean that email addresses at ProZ.com got hacked?


unless we are talking of a chain reaction.
The people affected, in my case, included people completed unrelated to the translation profession: composers, MDs, etc. They likely would not know ProZ from ABC or NBC.
It might be a chain reaction, though. Wherever this started, the recipients clicking the site mentioned in the email, might have got infected, and exposed their email list to the hackers. Is this possible? Several have told me that clicking the link would let to nowhere. Would it?
You may want to contact your colleague, by phone or whatever not infected media, whether he can access to his email service, whether the service is Hotmail/msn and whether he ever sent to or received an e-mail from me.

Luis


 

Recep Kurt  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 15:33
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Are you sure it was hacked? Jul 17, 2013

Hello Luis,

Are you sure it is "hacked"?

Seems to me your computer has been infected by some virus/malware that sends spam to all the addresses it could find in your computer...


 

Luis Arri Cibils  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:33
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English to Spanish
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It seems reasonable I was hacked but I do not know Jul 17, 2013

Recep Kurt wrote:

Hello Luis,

Are you sure it is "hacked"?

Seems to me your computer has been infected by some virus/malware that sends spam to all the addresses it could find in your computer...


Kurt,
This is what happened and how I handled it:
This morning my email was blocked when I tried to log in. Wrong password, the system said. My computer is encrypted and McAfee was functioning. I reinitialize the system to an earlier date from the control panel to a date when the email was OK. Again, no access, wrong password. I could not change the password, as I did not have access, but I tried to reset it from outside. Message: "Another person is using the account". Was asked for an alternative address to verify identity (I had two additional addresses associated with my email account, one I did not even remember the name, much less the password; the other, my wife's subaccount). From her computer I tried to reset, but the email from msn sent me to her account, not to mine.
Finally, I call my "nerd-in-residence", my youngest son who works at AT&T, who was able to reset my email. I do not know yet what he did, but I will check with him tomorrow. Email is fine now.
A friend suggested, much more knowledgeable than I in computer, that it sounded a hacking through msn (Hotmail, by other name) server. The only thing that I can say is that hacking sounds a reasonable explanation.


 

Luis Arri Cibils  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:33
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English to Spanish
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Hi nrichy, Jul 17, 2013

nrichy wrote:

Mine was
http:// blog.vibrantjewelry.com/perfectjobg.php

It came from a colleague in the US with whom I exchanged some e-mails. It was sent to an e-mail account which is not linked with proz.com, but which is a secondary address in my LinkedIn account.

The link led to another website.

What are the consequences, for him and for me?


Either hackers were very active yesterday night attacking U.S. users' email accounts or when one clicks on the link to "perfectjobg.php" his or her computer is infected propagating the hacking. Check with your friend and asked him or her what email service is using.

Apparently, whatever is, it is easy to overcome, but I may be wrong.

Good luck,
Luis


 


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