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Directv email accounts may be hacked - warning to all Directv users

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Bizarroterl, Jan 14, 2012.

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  1. Bizarroterl

    Bizarroterl Legend

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    I have no control over your expectations.
     
  2. Bizarroterl

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    Your gmail account is filtered - Google spends a lot of time and money filtering spam addressed to gmail accounts. Do you think that maybe that has something to do with the amount of spam you receive?
     
  3. dpeters11

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    That's not all that unusual. It's one way of learning new versions of the software, on a small scale, and not all companies are willing to set up a test environment when they may not upgrade. It's especially good for contractors. And if you are given TechNet, you can easily set it up on a VM.
     
  4. Bizarroterl

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    This is true. My home office has several virtual servers set up on an ESX box with a full domain/exchange/linux etc. Not only is it used for scenario testing it's also actively used for office/consulting purposes. Almost everyone that is involved with IT network/systems design will have something set up at home that is similar. If not, then they're probably not doing consulting and have access to a full lab at work.
     
  5. harsh

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    It seems inconceivable to me that an IT Pro would install Exchange Server at home.

    The key question is whether or not the OP has set up their e-mail preferences correctly with DIRECTV.

    A secondary question is whether these e-mails may be "partner" communications.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    But why not? There isn't necessarily any cost for software for them.
     
  7. Simonjester

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    I have a similar setup where I provide a unique email address to each company I do business with, about two weeks ago the email address that I use for D* and NO ONE else was used in a mass spam attach as the return email address. This email address was one that could not have been guessed and it not configured / used in any other system then d*'s online web page.

    So D* either sold my email address or their email database was accessed by a spammer.

    The spamming attack took place on a set of servers in France...
     
  8. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    While I dont know where they are coming from, since I dont open them, I have seen a lot of spam lately using high ascii characters to substitute for standard ascii characters to slip by spam blockers.
     
  9. alnielsen

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    I would do it in a minute, but the Comcast agreement doesn't allow for individuals to allow servers to access the network. I presently have my domain email forwarded to my gmail account.
     
  10. Earl Bonovich

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    Personal Comment; Not DIRECTV.

    Why? Why run a server at home... when for about $50 a year, you can purchase a hosting site, that can give you dozens of real email accounts, with unliminted aliases?

    I used to run a server in my home, 24x7... had mail servers, ftp servers, webservers on it.... Was costing me almost $50 a month in power.

    Purchased a basic plan (www.winhost.com for example)... and now I don't have to worry about my own uptime, issues with my ISP and servers, and so on...
     
  11. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I have 1 work Email, 1 personal Email, and 1 porn site Email.
     
  12. ts7

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    An independent consultant may very well be operating out of a home office. If supporting Exchange is one of their services i would be very surprised if the consultant DIDN'T have their own Exchange server.

    While the OP may be jumping to some conclusions, it does raise some degree of concern. Personally I think DirecTV has made their lists available - probably indirectly and without direct knowledge - to spammers. Anyone that believes an email address can be kept private indefinitely is living in a fantasy. I believe any address that is ever used on the Internet eventually falls into the clutches of spammers.
     
  13. Earl Bonovich

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    While I am not an independent consultant.... I would think that would be the absolutely MEGA reason to run it on an external ISP, that would come with a SOA.... Power outage at home? Need to do an upgrade? Hardware failure? Broadband Failure? The services I have at WinHost, give me most of the exchange functions as well (calendar and adress book).

    As well as keeping my costs much lower (Since shutting down my home server this past summer... I have already reduced my electric bill by an average of $50 a month...
     
  14. csgo

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    If you read the DirecTV Privacy Policy they clearly say they share customer information with third parties, including advertisers, unless you specifically opt out. Even if you opt out they claim they will still use your information for "legitimate business purposes" (whatever that is, and I guess if you don't opt out that means they can use your information for illegitimate business purposes as well).

    DirecTV is a whore that will sell as much information as they can collect about you.
     
  15. dualsub2006

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    Sure does not. The Gmail account that I use for forum memberships and Craigslist gets hundreds of spam messages a day. Hundreds. Every single one caught by the spam filter.

    Both accounts are about the same age.
     
  16. bpjones

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    Isn't that precisely what an IT Pro does for a living?

    I think many valid points were raised about this possibility being a result of directv selling customer contact info. How about being humble enough to admit that as a valid reason for the behavior you noticed?
     
  17. bpjones

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    To the other IT minded folks here on this thread, I too have been down the path of hosting a home server farm. Like Earl said, it's expensive to do so. I've also paid for a dedicated hosting package giving me various levels of control deepening on the size of environment.

    Having been down this path, I can now advise folks to eschew this solution and to use Amazon's EC2 capabilities instead. It allows for complete control over an entire network of your own design and constitution all the while you only pay for what you use. Using this service, I've been able o reduce my monthly costs to a couple of dollars per month.

    This would be the perfect solution for the gentleman who wants to run Exchange, but doesn't want to violate his Comcast EULA.

    Just my 2 cents. I'm just disappointed to be sharing them in such an ill-titled thread.
     
  18. ATARI

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    I'll second Amazon's EC2 service. Been using it for almost 9 months now. Very pleased with the service and the price.

    Disclaimer: I do not work for Amazon, nor do I own stock in Amazon.
     
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    I assume you have done these?
     

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  20. Bizarroterl

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    If you read my posts you'll see that I did state that Directv could be selling the addresses, but if they are they're selling them to the black market viagra/cialis spammers as those are they type of emails I was getting (that account is now closed).
     
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