This isn’t a political post.
It’s one of those techno-nerdy posts.
You see, last night my e-mail address of almost 10 years was used by one of those spamming software resellers as the originating e-mail address for a message sent to thousands of people about OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software.
I know this, because I have more than 500 returned-message notices in my inbox this morning.
Thank heaven it wasn’t a message for internet porn, or worse.
So today I’ll have to see what kind of remedies and recourses are available to me for the hijacking of my e-mail address.
If you received one of these messages, purportedly from me, you have my regrets.
And I would caution you against purchasing OEM software – from anyone.
6 thoughts on “My Name is Keith Brenton, and I Did Not Approve of This Message”
ouch! >>Please let us know how to guard against such hi-jacking.
Well, I was mistaken about part of this … It’s not my e-mail address that was hijacked, but my domain name. Then the spammers just made up dozens of e-mail addresses using it. Since anything with an e-mail address from my domain was being forwarded to my personal e-mail address, I got close to a thousand returned e-mails before I turned off the forwarding feature.>>I’ve contacted my web hosting company and domain name registry company for help.>>I also removed any applications in my folder on the web site host’s server that might have been used to send the e-mails.>>Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee that it will stop. Spammers can insert a “spoofed” originating domain name into the header of their e-mails; it doesn’t have to match the actual one they’re sending from. That’s one of those major details about the Internet that didn’t get fixed before Al Gore invented it.>>So if you don’t want to get hijacked, don’t get your own domain name.
so your saying its wrong om me to by all that software from the Russian Mofia?
Good grief!!>>Does this mean that since my blog is at “deeandrews.net” that I’m susceptible to such hijacking, Keith? Is there not any way to prevent that? >>I’m not the most techno-savvy person at the table here, as you all know.
It’s possible, Dee. I haven’t found a defense against it yet.>>Companies who do these things live in the shadows of the Internet – kinda like cockroaches and rats – making it pretty hard to rout them out.
Yep when you stick your neck out there you might get it whacked off.I went to a site which I had visited many times before, I even had a shortcut on desktop, all I can say is Iam glad no one else was watching. this is a sorry world we live in.