Spoof mail?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK - Paul Blach­ford says… Gen­uine se­cu­rity firms wouldn’t steal your ad­dress to send out pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial. We sus­pect you’ve been a vic­tim of some spoof­ing ac­tiv­ity. Spoof­ing is when a spam­mer sends out

I re­cently had a re­quire­ment for Mi­crosoft Ac­cess for my Mac and de­cided that I would pur­chase VMware Fu­sion to make the link with Win­dows 7. All went well with the in­stal­la­tion and I am now able to view MS Ac­cess files from sev­eral years ago. I have been a Mac user since the Ap­ple II and, to me, it’s the most re­li­able sys­tem in op­er­a­tion to­day. How­ever, sud­denly, my Co-Direc­tor started re­ceiv­ing emails sup­pos­edly from me with no con­tent, just a gib­ber­ish word in the mes­sage box. Hav­ing loaded Thun­der­bird as an email provider in Win­dows, I have a be­spoke email ad­dress in Thun­der­bird and a Gmail ac­count that was also sent to my col­league. There was no mal­ice or con­tent in the emails but two were also sent to my col­league from a mac.com ad­dress.

I do re­call that when I was con­fig­ur­ing Win­dows 7 to my re­quire­ments, I kept re­ceiv­ing a pop-up mes­sage from McAfee (which I hadn’t loaded). How­ever, since re­mov­ing my email clients from Win­dows 7, I have not ex­pe­ri­enced fur­ther nui­sance mails. This makes me won­der if it is fea­si­ble that the se­cu­rity soft­ware houses could send out rogue emails pro­mot­ing the need to buy se­cu­rity. I have to say this is a real puz­zle and one I haven’t come across be­fore. Barry Wil­bra­ham

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