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HCG Ultra Drops hack - how do I know who was comprimised?

Posted on 2013-01-30
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I have received emails allegedly from friends with the link to the fake Foxnews page touting HCG Ultra Drops.

This of course is a hack, but who has been compromised?

My client is getting many of the same emails and wants to know that his email is secure. I didn't know what to tell him (other than change his password).

I received thee emails from people I know. Not very many considering the size of my address book.

He has received at least ten - four from people who's address is in both of our address books. However he uses Outlook Express and I use Eudora.

So the question is, have each of these senders been hack? Or is it likely one of us?

How do I research this and, of course, are there any additional steps to guard against it other than updated virus protection and changing passwords?
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Any one of your friends or you could be compromised. Or may be no one is. The reason people or group of users start receiving these kind of spam emails because they share a common interest or common place on "internet". From where these guys have got your email addresses and faked each other emails to send the spam. But it would be good idea to update the software specially Flash/Java/Firefox/Chrome and Windows Update and scan the systems with Malwarebytes.

Also make sure you should have good Anti-Virus on the system.

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Yes, I myself, keep Java turned off and use Firefox and Malwarebytes. I forgot about the beasties getting in Flash lately, but I keep it updated as well. Can't say the same for the others.

Thanks for the response.
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sorry for the delay. I forgot I had an open question
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