Mysterious returned e-mail
March 7, 2005
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I often receive returned e-mail that comes back to my computer. The problem is that I didn't send the e-mail, and I have no idea who the intended recipient is. How can I stop this?
| |You are not sending these messages;
rather, your address has been stolen by a computer virus on someone else's PC. It's called address spoofing,
and the intended recipient is bouncing that mail back to you (even though you didn't send it). There's little you can do except ignore these messages.
For more info on e-mail address spoofing, see my April 2004 Security Watch column, "Why I'm not sending you viruses
As CNET's resident security expert, Robert Vamosi
has been featured on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and other outlets to share his knowledge about the latest threats, offering advice on personal and corporate security.