Email address hacked

leelFebruary 2, 2014

Apparently my email address has been hacked & I'm being inundated w/ messages of mail being returned as undeliverable, mainly from email sent to German addresses, altho a few are from other European countries.

Any way to interrupt this flood, other than blocking & sending to spam?

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Web mail or email client? Change your password if you are able.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 4:34PM
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Microsoft Outlook 2010. Can't change the address; too many other problems if I do:(

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 8:55PM
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But there should be nothing to stop you changing the password as azinoh suggested.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 6:43AM
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Do you use Gmail, Yahoo,, AOL? Outlook 2010 may be the client you use to manage your email, but you can check and/or modify settings at your actual provider's site to help with things. You may, for example, be able to check past activity and see if/when an unfamiliar IP address was used to login to your account. You should also check to see if settings have changed (a new forwarding address added? a new filter added? an alternate email or cell phone number added/changed? Etc.).

But at the same time it's not necessarily the case that your account has been hacked. If all you're getting is 'email undeliverable' kinds of emails, it's possible that your email address was merely spoofed by some spammer, which doesn't require their having access to your account. When the emails couldn't reach their intended recipients for whatever reasons, they were returned to the spoofed/fake address used to send them: yours. If this is the case, it might just be a brief inundation of email which will quickly subside once all the undeliverables are 'returned' to you. In the meantime, you could create a temporary filter at your webmail site telling it to delete all emails with a return to sender type subject. Other than that, I don't think there's anything to do to stop the flood. :-(

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 7:43AM
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Time to check for malware and viruses. The hijacking of an Outlook addressbook has been a reoccurring concern for as long as I can remember.


    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 7:48AM
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