Virus email updating my address book


26-Jan-2020 18:17

The Global Address Book (GAL) is a directory of available contact information for CUMC, NYPH and Columbia University faculty, staff and students.

It can be accessed when using a CUMC email (@cumc.columbia.edu) account with Outlook or when logged in to the Outlook Web App.

This virus has taken over your email client and is using it to send out ‘adverts’ for malicious sites.

First, update your antivirus software and run a full scan.

But with scans showing nothing, I felt it safe enough to play the odds. In my case, they would think that either my computer or my wife’s would be infected, and that the email was as a result of that infection. Almost all of the email-spoofing scenarios we see these days have nothing at all to do with malware, other than perhaps being a way to get it. Regardless of the fact that my name was displayed, the email did not come from my email . In other words, they were able to connect my name as being someone that my wife would know, and send that to her email address.

If you get spam from someone you know, it’s more likely that their email account has been hacked. There are no account hacks involved in the creation of this spam. Hackers have one goal when they send you spam: to get you to open and act on the message. The only thing better would be if they had spoofed my email address as well, and not just my name. I have heard of a possible data leak – now supposedly fixed – relating to Facebook.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- I received an e-mail from a good friend the other day, and it seemed entirely out of character for her.

Red flags immediately popped up, and I knew that her e-mail Address Book had been compromised.

I’ll describe what I did next and what this appears to be…

Follow up with CCleaner to flush out any lingering infection.