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Old 23rd April 2012, 05:59 PM
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Question spyware detection

my Yahoo passwd got stolen twice in the last week and someone sent out SPAM from my account. my suspicion is that it is some keystroke sequence spyware kind of deal... never happened to me before on Windows

what are the best ways to protect myself in F16?

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Old 23rd April 2012, 06:38 PM
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Re: spyware detection

Someone may have pretended to have been using your address.
As for the password theft, maybe it was through the network (like wireless)?
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Old 23rd April 2012, 06:40 PM
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Re: spyware detection

huh ?? (scratching head)
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Old 23rd April 2012, 06:56 PM
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Re: spyware detection

I know I didn't help
But sometimes they can send spam pretending to be you. Don't you ever receive spam 'sent by yourself'?

As for the wireless thing, I just meant that then you would have to secure that because someone can steal your password without having any app installed in Fedora but just sniffing the network, I think. But it's just a guess anyway.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:07 PM
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Re: spyware detection

yes, i thought about network sniffing. but i also suspect it could be a keystroke capture sniff too by some spyware
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:34 PM
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Re: spyware detection

It's common for spammers to use valid and/ or random generated email addresses as the sender of the mail. Many pick them from their own lists, others just use random generated ones. The real user then just gets all the failure notices.

Chances for some "spyware keylogger" to be installed on your system without your knowledge are next to nil (and it would be used for something lot more valuable than stealing your Yahoo mail account login details to send spam from it).
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: spyware detection

they sent SPAM to all my contacts. so i assume they stole my passwd somehow and sent mail from there
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:42 PM
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Re: spyware detection

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It's common for spammers to use valid and/ or random generated email addresses as the sender of the mail. Many pick them from their own lists, others just use random generated ones. The real user then just gets all the failure notices.

Chances for some "spyware keylogger" to be installed on your system without your knowledge are next to nil (and it would be used for something lot more valuable than stealing your Yahoo mail account login details to send spam from it).
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And welcome to the world of Yahoo and facebook (I have accounts on both), where email addresses are lifted and used for spam, routinely.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:42 PM
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Re: spyware detection

Maybe you were using "weak" passwords on your yahoo mail account? Last time I changed my Yahoo mail account password I made it so "strong" that I always have to peek at my notes when I'm prompted to enter it because there is no way in heck I could ever remember it.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:45 PM
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Re: spyware detection

i have a very strong passwd
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:47 PM
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they sent SPAM to all my contacts. so i assume they stole my passwd somehow and sent mail from there
My guess would be that Spammers did not get your passwd, more likely they cracked Yahoo and gathered information. Anyway, you should probably change your passwd to be safe.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 07:58 PM
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Re: spyware detection

thanks. i did
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Old 26th April 2012, 03:26 AM
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Re: spyware detection

by chance were you in a coffee house recently on a laptop and using your yahoo account

those wi-fi hot spots are very insecure
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Old 26th April 2012, 04:04 AM
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Re: spyware detection

Anyhoo, you can view open network connections with ntop and then use tcpdump to see what is flowing over the channel.
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Old 26th April 2012, 08:03 AM
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by chance were you in a coffee house recently on a laptop and using your yahoo account
nope ............
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