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Re: SMTP attacks, anyone ?
From: Mike Iglesias <iglesias () UCI EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:23:24 -0700
On 10/10/2012 03:03 PM, Andrew Daviel wrote:
Both the users in question deny "risky network behaviour" and are fairly
clueful - would not fall for phishing, do not frequent cybercafes etc.
Their passwords (now changed of course) were robust enough not to fall to a
few hours of "John the Ripper" so I doubt they were trivially guessed.
They may have had outdated software on a system they used (like Flash, Java,
Adobe Reader) that was leveraged by a web site to gain control of the system,
install a keylogger, and had their password(s) captured. This doesn't
necessarily need "risky network behavior" to happen - it could be an ad server
that has been compromised and is distributing attack code with the ads it is
serving, or something along those lines.
Mike Iglesias Email: iglesias () uci edu
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