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I received an email that has confused me and was wondering if I should be concerned. I also received a new post on my guestbook earlier today from an obviously questionable source (he put his personel website as a I AM A SPAMMER site, I host a BoyScout website!). I want to make sure the two are not related.

 

The text from the email is below. There were a couple of text attachments giving more information from AOL on the rejected mail. It was sent to hostmaster@xxxxxxx.org. Do I need to be concerned?

 

The original message was received at Sat, 7 May 2005 20:55:44 -0400 (EDT) from 208-14-24-205.gcecisp.com [208.14.24.205]

 

 

*** ATTENTION ***

 

Your e-mail is being returned to you because there was a problem with its delivery. The address which was undeliverable is listed in the section

labeled: "----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----".

 

The reason your mail is being returned to you is listed in the section

labeled: "----- Transcript of Session Follows -----".

 

The line beginning with "<<<" describes the specific reason your e-mail could not be delivered. The next line contains a second error message which is a general translation for other e-mail servers.

 

Please direct further questions regarding this message to your e-mail administrator.

 

--AOL Postmaster

 

 

 

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <larryfllr@netscape.net> <sandycowgill@netscape.net>

 

----- Transcript of session follows ----- ... while talking to air-nc02.mail.aol.com.:

>>> RCPT To:<sandycowgill@netscape.net>

<<< 550 MAILBOX NOT FOUND

550 <sandycowgill@netscape.net>... User unknown

>>> RCPT To:<larryfllr@netscape.net>

<<< 550 MAILBOX NOT FOUND

550 <larryfllr@netscape.net>... User unknown

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Quite possibly not related. I cant see the subjects of the rejected mail but I suspect that it may be related to the new sober worm.

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What makes you think it is a virus? I don't think it would be a virus on my computers. I have checked them all, the virus software is all up to date, and I did not find any adware. Plus, we were out of town all day yesterday and the computers were shut done.

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What makes you think it is a virus?
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but I suspect that it may be related to the new sober worm.

 

Part of what the sober virus does is to send emails "from" the infected PC. The virus creates these email and most of the time they are false names placed in the TO: field and in the From: field, so people will receive returned emails because they could not be delivered...

 

You are not infected, someone else is. We all receive these types of emails and we never sent them, nor are we infected. Alls we can do is weather the storm and hope the infection is discovered and cleaned.

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