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problem with email attachment

by Mclunatic / May 19, 2009 2:31 AM PDT


I recently received emails from an aquaintance, the first e-mail had several pictures of their kids, dog etc attached by my acquaintance. The second e-mail had a message and a couple of links from my 'friend' but it also had a rather nasty bondage picture attached to it.

Does anyone know if a virus is capable of attaching to / or interfering with an e-mail that you are in the process of writing / sending as my 'friend' claims or are they just a nasty freak trying to excuse sending me unsolicited porn?

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They could be infected . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 20, 2009 10:37 PM PDT

How good is this friend. If you trust them, have them run virus and malware scans. If just an acquaintance, tell them how you feel.

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could be...
by Mclunatic / May 21, 2009 8:12 AM PDT

It's an old friend I haven't seen for 20 years. I've heard of viruses spreading by mass mail but I've never heard of a virus hijacking an e-mail you are writing to someone and adding attachments.

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could be
by Mclunatic / May 21, 2009 8:14 AM PDT

by the way this friend sent three e-mails within a few minutes and the other two e-mails had nothing untoward on them.

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There is another possibility
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 22, 2009 5:46 AM PDT
In reply to: could be

but one I hesitate to mention.

There will be some users who have such images on the computers by choice. I can well see that, if a user does not organise his files carefully, then a simple error on his part when selecting images to attach to emails and he could have attached a 'less appropriate' image.

It is easily done, but no so easy to discuss.

Something like that seems more likely. Like you, I have not heard of any malware that can "intercept" emails to insert its own message.


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Maybe its client embebeded
by bidufarewell / May 22, 2009 5:27 PM PDT

What i mean is maybe your friend has a particular PC from where he sends his mail. Now whenever he attaches a file a malicious process tracks it and places unwanted contacts within it. Its quite possible. Tell him to check for spy wares. Maybe his PC is infected otherwise if you are thinking that the e-mails are tampered on the fly, i don't think so no organization has head ache with your email unless you are bin laden:lol, jokes apart i think its your friends machine that's behaving mischievously.

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