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From: Anne Wilson (cannewilsongooglemail.com)
Date: Thu Oct 04 2007 - 05:08:26 CDT
On Thursday 04 Oct 2007, Antonio wrote:
> Alle 02:35, giovedì 4 ottobre 2007, hai scritto:
> > No, you should get used to it. Any Windows computer on the internet with
> > your email address on it is subject to this behavior, once it becomes a
> > tool for a spammer. This kind of thing has been happening for a long
> > time, it is only becoming more common over time.
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_botnet
> > Take care,
> Thank you for replying.
> Well, but I'm not on windows, my os is of course mandriva linux, my beloved
> penguing from several years :-), so I don't think I'm in a botnet.
> If my computer is a zombie I surely should worry about this, since it can
> be used to do bad things that I can be asked to respond; but I don't think
> this is the case: I'm well firewalled and I don't see suspicious net
> traffic, chrootkit give me nothing, and my emails are always scanned for
> viruses. Antonio.
As Kevin said, you need not worry about these, as long as you have made
sensible checks, which you seem to have done.
As you know, spammers harvest email addresses. As well as using them in
sending, they also spoof addresses as the sender - this to make them harder
to trace. Unfortunately some sysadmins seem to be blithely unaware of this,
and insist on bouncing these spam messages. If your address has been used in
the spoof, you will get them.
You can filter them out, or simply ignore them.
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