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(USA Today)   AOL confirms that their e-mail service was hacked and spam was sent. Users told to ignore all ads for 8 track tapes, typewriters, VCRs   (usatoday.com) divider line 15
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2014-04-24 10:41:13 AM  
All six users were effected.
 
2014-04-24 11:57:52 AM  
Old News.
 
2014-04-24 12:14:43 PM  
Users told to ignore all ads for 8 track tapes, typewriters, VCRs

Must be a Hipster hacker.
 
2014-04-24 12:19:12 PM  
2.5 million still use the service. That's a lot of old people still on modems.
 
2014-04-24 12:54:41 PM  
Crap. My Mother-in-Law has an AOL account. Since I'm Family Tech support, I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
 
2014-04-24 01:09:09 PM  

gingerjet: 2.5 million still use the service. That's a lot of old people still on modems.


Has anyone checked on them recently?

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2014-04-24 01:24:15 PM  
I wondered why I've been getting email from a friend's long-abandoned AOL account lately. Gmail has been flagging it with their DO NOT OPEN ANY LINKS, HERE THERE BE DRAGONS! red warning box. This explains it.
 
2014-04-24 01:52:27 PM  
fark AOL
 
2014-04-24 01:58:50 PM  
Sadly, not as uncommon as you would think. I support a law firm and had to whitelist AOL because LOTS of other small law firms they deal with still use it.
 
2014-04-24 02:19:13 PM  
I'd say that AOL email is not the same as an AOL user (email accounts have been free for a long time), but why spoil a cliched headline?
 
2014-04-24 02:24:19 PM  
Six users? I know half of them!
 
2014-04-24 03:35:57 PM  
Despite the family's best efforts to fix this, my grandmother still uses Juno.
 
2014-04-24 05:43:34 PM  

Lawn_offit: Crap. My Mother-in-Law has an AOL account. Since I'm Family Tech support, I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.


My father-in-law already
called me. I feel your pain if being the family
tech support.
/offers beer..
 
2014-04-24 06:14:56 PM  
In a barrel
 
2014-04-24 07:31:11 PM  

Lawn_offit: Crap. My Mother-in-Law has an AOL account. Since I'm Family Tech support, I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.


wildlifer: My father-in-law already
called me. I feel your pain if being the family
tech support.
/offers beer..



They've likely been spoofed, not hacked.

I have yet to see an actual occurrence of these emails originating from an AOL account.

That aside, AOL fixed their SPF Records sometime yesterday afternoon, and the number of messages even making it to my company's spam filters immediately dropped to zero.

What *did* likely happen (although the people I've talked to at AOL have said "no comment" on the subject) is that someone got ahold of AOL's inbound email logs. They then swapped the To: and From: fields to send out their spam.

/Email Admin
 
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