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Virus or Hacker?

Here's the scenario. A Yahoo email account had emails forwarded from the inbox, which the user did not send. They were sent to all the contacts in the address book. Could a virus forward emails? If it was a virus, could the virus forward a select few messages? All the messages? If there was a virus, then theoretically the recipients anti-virus program would have caught them. This did not happen, so I'm assuming it was not a virus but a hacker. Your thoughts? I'm just curious to know if a virus could do such things. Or if it was a hacker. The email account in question was checked by Yahoo, verified no virus present, and the password was changed. Thanks for your help.

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worm of some type of

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So it could be a worm?

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Thank you for your response. I'm well aware of those programs and use them. This particular situation is even more weird. I heard of this situation from a friend of a friend. The owner of the PC in question is on vacation. This happened in his absence. We've discussed, debated, contacted family members who have taken the necessary security measures and hopefully locked it up. My question to this forum is whether or not a virus/worm could create this activity. Or was the email account hacked. As much as I read/research/learn, I haven't heard of a virus/worm that would forward selected emails. My gut instinct tells me this activity was probably intentional and malicious. Just curious.

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as roddy pointed out

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it COULD be, but best bet is contacting yahoo about the situation. they will determin what to do about it....remember as well, if that particular address is in someone else's infected computer, then that is another way of spoofing it, with yahoo or any other web based mail, that is always an option,,,,case in point, my sister's yahoo email kept coming into my yahoo inbox infected...her system was clean....it came from someone elses address book that had hers in it..

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It COULD be a lot

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of things. It COULD be a worm, virus, hacker, etc. Also it COULD be that the address is spoofed and the e-mails aren't really coming from there. If you have determined for sure by running multiple scans from multiple programs that there is no virus present in these e-mails and also considering that Yahoo e-mail is web based, I would tend to think the it's spoofed but that is just MY opinion. The easiest way to fix it in that case if it doesn't stop on it's own is to change the e-mail address.

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Thanks for all your help and comments. I do not see these people often, so it would be days or weeks before I hear about this again. If I discover new information I'll post again if needed. Again, thank you.

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome.

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