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Hijacked email contact list and sending out bulk spam!

by Oracle_360 / June 27, 2008 4:37 AM PDT

For the second time in the last week, my email address has been hijacked, and spam has been sent out to everyone on my contact list. I don't have my email address visible on any webpages and I'm generally very careful about signing up for anything that requires it. I checked with Spybot and AVG and both show no signs of bots of viruses on my machine. AVG's auto-update expired 2 days ago, so I'm thinking maybe something is exploiting that.

Here's the message:

Dear friend,
We are one of the most biggest OEM(Original Equipment Manufacture) in China who mainly produce electrical product, such as digital cameras, mobile, LCD TV, Laptops Notebooks, Digital Video, Mp4, GPS, and so on. Reasonable price & high quality & perfect service which attract more and more customers cooperate internetional business with us.
All items we list on this website are brand new and original with sealed box. And come with official warranty of at least one year.What is more , we accept all ways of payment.You will receive your item in 3-5 days!
Need your advise and your further inquire about our product will be highly appreciated and replied promptly. Thanks for your time.
Purchase products immediately from our convenient online store. You can tkae much benefit form us by shopping
Your satisfaction,our pursuit!
Website: http://www.seller-vip.com
Customer service manager: Jessica
MSN: seller.v@hotmail.com
E-mail: sellervip1@yahoo.com.cn

As you can see from all the spelling mistakes and poor English, it's your average spam. The website takes you to a Chinese imitation of e-bay.

How can I protect my contact list from these attacks?

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