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Old 02-25-04, 07:40 PM
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Completely blank e-mails coming to my inbox?

I've recently been getting a lot of e-mails that are completely blank -- I mean, there's no sender, there's no subject, there's no header, and there's no message. What is this about?

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Old 02-25-04, 07:51 PM
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Are there attachments? (if so, don't run them obviously)

Perhaps your virus software is doing something?

Have you tried accessing your account with another email program?
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Old 02-25-04, 08:38 PM
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I have gotten a few of these as well. It's from n00bs using spamming software incorrectly.
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Old 02-26-04, 07:42 AM
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The last 2 or 3 weeks I've gotten quite a few of these as well.
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Old 02-26-04, 08:25 AM
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Originally posted by Groucho
Are there attachments? (if so, don't run them obviously)

Perhaps your virus software is doing something?

Have you tried accessing your account with another email program?
Nope, no attachments. I suppose it could have something to do with NAV, but I don't really know. And, no, I haven't tried with another program--perhaps I should.

What program is everyone else getting these messages using? Outlook? OE?
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My ISP has webmail, which I use to check my home account while at work. These messages are present in the webmail also, so I don't think it has anything to do with antivirus software. My ISP does do some virus scanning on all incoming mail, but those messages containing a virus simply get quarantined, they don't strip anything out of the messages and send them. I use Outlook.
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Old 02-26-04, 09:18 AM
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Is it possible that there is a one pixel gif included in the mail? If so, it may be a mining attempt. Once you open the mail, the server where the gif resides gets a hit. and so on.
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Is it possible that there is a one pixel gif included in the mail? If so, it may be a mining attempt. Once you open the mail, the server where the gif resides gets a hit. and so on.
I suppose it's possible. I've stopped looking at the emails, but I'm just so puzzled by the complete lack of any information in the email. If there were a one pixel gif in there, wouldn't there also be some sort of header?

Now that I think about, I think Eudora reports the size of the email as null - at least I think that's what it is. That would seem to suggest that there is no gif in there.
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Like I said guys, its the fault of the spammers using the mass email program the wrong way. They fill in all the info and email addys, yet fail to load the message into the program. When they queue to send it sends out a blank message because the form isnt pointing correctly.
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Originally posted by Tazwolff
Like I said guys, its the fault of the spammers using the mass email program the wrong way. They fill in all the info and email addys, yet fail to load the message into the program. When they queue to send it sends out a blank message because the form isnt pointing correctly.
Speaking from experience?
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Speaking from experience?
It's just my job to fight this sort of crap securing a corp. network.
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Originally posted by Tazwolff
It's just my job to fight this sort of crap securing a corp. network.
Thanks. It's at least good to know that it isn't a problem on my end.
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Originally posted by Tazwolff
It's just my job to fight this sort of crap securing a corp. network.
I hear you. I'm in a similar line of work, authentication/authorization, identity management, sso ,etc.
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Originally posted by garolo
I hear you. I'm in a similar line of work, authentication/authorization, identity management, sso ,etc.
Yeah, what really sucks is when you come into the office before Symantec sends out a bulletin and updates the virus definitions. Then some idiot in the office gets the attached virus in some spam and opens it. You ask Why did you do that Dave, I told the office never to open suspicious stuff like that? the response is I wanted to see what would happen.

Just be glad these spam emails are blank and you never had to read the crap.
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Old 02-27-04, 08:22 AM
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Originally posted by Tazwolff
... Then some idiot in the office gets the attached virus in some spam and opens it. You ask Why did you do that Dave, I told the office never to open suspicious stuff like that? the response is I wanted to see what would happen.
Next time, when you have to repair his desktop, reformat his C drive and say to him, "I just wanted to see what would happen."

Tell the CEO, the cost for dealing with it should be taken from his pay.
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On a related note, I've been getting emails from mail servers I don't even know saying that my email to someone on their email server failed to deliver correctly. I didn't even send them any email message. From the copy of the email that got bounced back to me, I noticed they are spam messages. I didn't send those spam messages, but the 'From' field is set to my email address. Will I be blamed for those spam messages that I didn't send? Anyone else experiencing something similar?
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I have been getting both problems mentioned.
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Originally posted by ChrisHicks
I have been getting both problems mentioned.
Did you do anything to alleviate this problem? If so, please share your solution.
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Originally posted by mookiemeister
Did you do anything to alleviate this problem? If so, please share your solution.
See my post in this thread: http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=349440
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