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    Stolen e-dress

    I use a Hotmail account. This week I've gotten three messages advising me of failed e-mail delivery. There's nothing so bad about that, but the fact is that I had not sent any of these PORNOGRAPHIC messages! The message headers clearly had my e-dress, but I've no idea how this happened. One of the messages I got this week came from "t-online.de." Any ideas who the *&%# that is? How could some mass-mailer have gotten my e-dress? Here's what I've done so far: (1) I've forwarded the offending messages to abuse doctors at Hotmail; (2) I've changed my password and security question; (3) I've sent a message back to that mysterious source I mentioned above and lodged a complaint. What else should or can I do? I find this kind of abuse embarrassing, but do I have anything really serious to worry about?

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    Re: Stolen e-dress

    without seeing the message header, either they just spoofed your address in the from field or they made their spam look like NDRs.

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    Re: Stolen e-dress

    What is an NDR? What does the term "spoof" mean?

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    Re: Stolen e-dress

    NDR = non delivery report. it is generally sent by the postmaster when mail is not delivered. make up a name and address that is obviously fake and send mail to it. you'll get back an NDR.

    spoof = hoax or deception. spammers will fake return addresses, using someone's real address to 1) cause them grief and 2) throw inexperienced users off their trail (when they report the wrong person for spamming) the "snow white is turning 18..." virus is an example of spoofing - haha@sexyfun.net is not the person who is sending you the spam/virus.

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