18 Responses to “Is Your Hacked Email Account Sending Spam to Your Friends?”

  1. Jeff says:

    I’ve checked a lot about hacked email, and I’m curious about some things. My email was hacked, but I was able to quickly find out and recover the account. I’m curious as to whether I should be concerned about stolen identity, and whether (other than changing all passwords) I need to take other precautions. Any help is appreciated.

  2. Roger Linux Administrator says:

    This article was a very helpful explination to send to my friends father. He uses AOL mail and recently he leasrned that his account was sending spam to all of his contacts. I had removed some malware and viruses from his system and notified him to change his password. I sent him the link to enforce the fact that he needs to change his password and help him understand how it happened.



  3. Darlene says:

    I think my email is being spoofed. How do you change that? This article has been very helpful and others definitly can benefit from it.

  4. atrask says:

    Unfortunately, spoofing is entirely outside your control snd there really isn’t anything you can do about it. Your best approach if being spoofed is to either close the account and open a new one (painful). Or alternatively, set up filters in your email client to identify all the junkmail returns and send them to the trash (less painful, but still a pain).

  5. jessie says:

    this was very helpful maybe i will be able to salvage my account

  6. Gubreez says:

    I was looking this topic up because I just got for the second time a spam email from another friend’s email address. I was wondering if it is also possible that somehow a virus finds ur “address book” (I use aol) and sends emails using your address book contacts.

  7. mekal says:

    my account has been hacked and is sending out spam email to my friends list.
    any solution?

  8. Eric says:

    Great article…. My email has been spoofed, thought it was hacked.

    Thanks for the info

  9. jageblage says:

    Very useful. Thanks

  10. Ecclesiastical says:

    Change your Password and Security/Recovery Questions as advised in article…

    Run : “Malwarebytes” and “DrWeb Cure it”
    then install Avast Antivirus AND SpyBot S&D…

    (all free and solid tools for home use)

  11. Linda says:

    AOL will not allow a password change if it a free account
    and you can absolutely not get ahold of a human being.
    Help for that?

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  16. red says:

    Hi Andy… Thanks so much for the article!! I’m not super “user friendly” and your article helped me figure out which one of the office computers got hacked first. Thanks a bunch.

    Here’s a question. In a “mail failure” notice, I got the email address of who/what sent the spam. How can I report this offender to Yahoo? I can’t find anyplace on Yahoo to report the address to.

    Thanks again, RED

  17. Sheena says:

    My company yahoo account (rabeafoods@yahoo.com) is being hacked & i’m not able to open my account now as it’s details are being changed by hackers.Even my alternate email id set for rabeafoods is not working now. How can i retrieve my account, any chance.

  18. Redeye says:

    Just wanted to thank you, Andy. My wife’s account was just used to send out some spam. But, it was used to send spam out to people from several different groups of aquaintance which leads me to believe that she got hacked as opposed to spoofed. We’re still trying to figure it out for sure but just wanted to say Thank You for your great help. Sure wish you were out here in Southern Cal!

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