I don’t know how it happened, or even IF it happened, but apparently someone got into my Hotmail account today or yesterday and sent out some spammy, poorly written and grammatically unsound emails touting some sort of phishing site.
If you received an email from my Hotmail account, please delete it without opening it. First of all, I do not use that account for anything except registration at Microsoft websites. Secondly, I haven’t actively sent an email out from that account since … oh, say about 2004. Maybe before. And finally, I would never say “electronical”, even if you paid me. (Well … okay, if you paid me enough, but it would hurt.)
I’d like to extend my thanks for Bryce and my buddy Raga sounding off and letting me know what was up. And please, except my apologies for the inconvenience and potential computer danger of the spam. I don’t, at this point, know whether or not the email contained a virus or malware, or whether it is produced as a result of one. I’m running AVG antivirus software, and it finds nothing it hasn’t found many times before on my computer. (There’s a program or two I have which trip it off, but those programs have been on my drive for months and months and don’t actually contain a virus or malware.) So at this point, all I can do is change the password on my Hotmail account (which I have), and hope nothing more comes of it.
What concerns me is not knowing where this comes from, where it originated. My PC? Did someone get hold of my account somehow? Did a spam bot crack the account somehow? This isn’t the first time this ever happened, but it’s been about 10 years since the last time.
Anyway, those of you who have had emails from me in the past may want to keep your eyes peeled from something coming from darkknyt (at) hotmail (d0t) com. Delete anything from that address even though the name associated with the account is mine. I guarantee it’s not from me.
Thanks for your patience.