Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



42 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 18


Topic # 114140 10-Feb-2013 09:52 Send private message

Over the last couple of days I've noticed a marked increase in the number of spams appearing to come from Xtra email addresses. Each one follows exactly the same template.

Hey (link to spammed site)

Name of actual Xtra account holder


Some of these spams come from people I know, others are from addresses used in TradeMe transactions. In each case the spams have been sent to multiple users from the account holder's address book, suggesting that these are hijacked Xtra accounts rather than someone spoofing addresses. The sheer number of spams using different Xtra accounts implies that this could be a large-scale hack. Here are two related stories - both contain quotes from Yahoo saying the problem has been fixed. Yeah, right!

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/07/yahoo-mail-users-hit-by-widespread-hacking-xss-exploit-seemingly-to-blame/
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/08/researchers-say-yahoo-mail-exploit-still-active-despite-claim-of-being-fixed/

The second link contains an embedded video showing just how frightening easy it is to steal any Yahoo (or Xtra) user's credentials.

Has anyone else noticed this increase in Xtra spam?

Finally, here's how to re-secure a hacked Xtra/Yahoo email account
http://telecom.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26203/~/resecuring-hacked-yahoo!new-zealand-accounts

Create new topic
BDFL
49531 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4377

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 758897 10-Feb-2013 09:58 Send private message

Please look at list of discussions when posting something that widespread as it is likely there is a discussion already. Like this one: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=114135




BDFL
49531 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4377

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 793801 5-Apr-2013 12:17 Send private message





Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Warning: Rage Ahead - Campbell Live and childhood poverty
Created by kawaii, last reply by Dingbatt on 3-Sep-2014 09:08 (140 replies)
Pages... 8 9 10


Does NZ need better gun laws?
Created by mattwnz, last reply by kawaii on 3-Sep-2014 05:40 (105 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


What tyre brand/model to look at ?
Created by Mark, last reply by Oblivian on 2-Sep-2014 21:36 (35 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Judith Collins: I am resigning
Created by Presso, last reply by gzt on 2-Sep-2014 11:42 (109 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


VideoEZY OnDemand
Created by Andib, last reply by sen8or on 3-Sep-2014 07:45 (64 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Cirque du Soleil Cellphone Hijack
Created by myopinion, last reply by PhantomNVD on 1-Sep-2014 18:01 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Orcon Global Mode launched
Created by freitasm, last reply by shk292 on 1-Sep-2014 11:32 (132 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Lightbox press event release
Created by freitasm, last reply by IcI on 30-Aug-2014 17:54 (562 replies)
Pages... 36 37 38



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.