Revised March 2022 | Nextworks
Have you received an alert from an acquaintance that they received a peculiar email from you? And, you didn’t send it?
This eventually happens to nearly everyone. (Business and government emails are more commonly affected than personal emails.)
Your likely first reaction is that you are the victim of a hacker.
Your email has likely not been hacked. However, you should look in the following places in your Outlook for these common signs from a hacker:
If you don’t see anything out of place, then the emails probably were not sent from you. A good hacker would cover their tracks. But we’re often dealing with bulk spammers, and they usually don’t spend the time to clean up after their dirty work. They merely don’t care.
The spammer is using your name. They use software that develops a database of relationships. They mostly obtain this from social media, the dark web, or hacking large organizations (which you see in the news from time to time).
They figure out who you know. They then send “spoofed” emails to your acquaintances posing to be you.
There is nothing you nor Nextworks can do to stop it. It’s likely they opened a Gmail, Yahoo, or other account, and simply entered your name. They are anonymous.
Anyone can open a free account and privide any name they want. No one can prevent this.
As a result, be cautious of emails you receive. We have written an additional short whitepaper, Email Security Awareness helping you to stay alert.
Why doesn’t my spam filter help?
Isn’t there anything at all I can do to clear my good name?
Can Nextworks trace the message and stop the spoofing?