[SpamCop-List] Re: GMail Account Compromised
vogt at spamcop.net
Tue Feb 7 10:56:49 EST 2006
El Guapo wrote:
> I have a GMail account that is about 3 months old. I have never used it. No
> one even knows I have it except the person that extended an invitation to me
> and someone that I extended an invitation to.
> I just logon once a month or so to keep the e-mail account open. I've been
> debating making it my primary account since my yahoo one is flooded with
> Spam. In January, I started getting spam.
It may just depend on the username you have chosen. I have some spam on
addresses that I have never actually used. But I guess spammers just put
together known usernames and try to deliver this to common popular
webmailer. So if you are using the same username on yahoo and on gmail I
would expect spam mails in your mailbox.
I have vogt at spamcop.net. I would expect spam mails on addresses like
vogt at yahoo.* or vogt at gmail.* even if this address never appears
anywhere public and you have never used it.
There is something similiar for domain owners: spammers occasionally
send spam to addresses like info at yourdomain.* although that address
does not even exists...
> Is GMail security compromised or is it more likely one of the two people who
> know the address have a virus? It's an unusual account that spammers
> wouldn't just guess.
Not guessing. Just brute force calculations. Bandwidth is there to test
many combinations quickly...
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