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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

    Oct 20, 2006
    You're not in violation of the Comcast EULA if you have a business account.
  2. Bizarroterl

    Bizarroterl Legend

    Oct 20, 2006
    No need. The Directv email address I was using has been retired. I now have a new one. Let's see how long that one works before I start getting spam again.
  3. Bizarroterl

    Bizarroterl Legend

    Oct 20, 2006
    Very valid thoughts. For me, my ISP connection has been ultra reliable and power outages are extremely rare (and short duration ones are covered with a UPS). Hardware failure is always a possibility (as an IT Pro I understand doing backups).

    As for power, I constructed the server (ESXi) with power efficiency in mind. Yes, it's a compromise but not really that important to me. With a 4.5KW solar array on the roof my power bills are really for the utility connect (~$5/month w/~$180 year end true up).

    Using Amazon/Winhost/etc is a very valid solution for many. With remote hosting or internal servers there are advantages and disadvantages to each. In my case internal is a better solution.
  4. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I don't know how I missed this thread with such a provocative and alarmist thread title, claiming that DIRECTV email accounts were hacked, but after reading the thread I see no indication that anyone hacked DIRECTV email accounts. I would love to see an edit to the thread title ...

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    That's all one should need.

    Of course I have a Gmail because of Android.
  6. camattin

    camattin AllStar

    Feb 6, 2003
    I echo this statement. While gmail does a fair job of making sure spam messages don't go to the inbox, they do not ever delete a message that they think is spam. This is one feature that gmail lacks and really needs to implement as I'm tired of having to create filters to delete the spam.

    Personally I'm getting about 300 spam messages a day to my spam folder. 99.9% of these should be able to be auto-pruned by any reliable spam filter and just drop off into /dev/null.
  7. ffemtreed

    ffemtreed Icon

    Jan 30, 2008
    I am an I.T. pro and i have 2 exchange servers setup at my house.

    The reason being is I like to play with things and test stuff. I would never play with a real production server, but my home exchange server is game for anything. I sometimes intentionally break it as well to see if I can fix or what data is lost.

    Its how we I.T. people learn.
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    That's the Monte Carlo method. The other is to use thoughtful scientific and engineering approaches along with tried and true MTAs that don't consume our every waking moment (and malware checking CPU cycle) waiting for the next issue to be identified and deliberated.

    Hoping for a quick and decisive end to TNEF e-mails in the wild!
  9. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    This. And working in intrusion analysis, it's the most common out there, next to address sales.
  10. mjkuwp94

    mjkuwp94 New Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    I agree with the OP




    I took, have the 100% unique email address for DirecTV and different unique ones with many other companies - many dozens who seem to have kept my information secure.

    My spam filters are turned off because I want to see what comes through. I get exactly 0 spams using this method over the past many years until Jan 4 when two Spams showed up on the email used with DirecTV and then two more in the last couple of weeks.

    I had a similar issue with Walgreens last year and soon after that Walgreens sent a bulk email essentially confessing there had been a problem. I of course changed email addresses for them and that put an end to that spam.

    I haven't gotten around to shutting off the email address with DirecTV yet but I will.... and DirecTV gets a thumbs down from me.
  11. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    All of mine are Gmail, even work.
  12. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    What's the big deal about getting spam? I just click delete or spam. I think it's funny people take that much time to have an email for every company and site. I don't care who has my addresses...it's not like I'm dumb enough to fall for the phishing.
  13. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    DirecTV may have sold the email list to a "legitimate" partner, but who did they sell it to? And so on and so on and so on.

    I don't have my own mail server, but I DO have personal and "merchant" email addresses. I only give my personal address to friends and family, while using the other address for all web based transactions. I periodically kill the merchant address and create a new one.

    As any "IT pro" will tell you, harvesting email adresses from the internet is pretty easy. ;)
  14. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    This. :up:
  15. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Spam doesn't bother me. I use Yahoo Mail for the majority of my email and I get maybe 10 spam messages a day. That's it. It's so easy to ignore or review and I've never missed anything important.
  16. mjkuwp94

    mjkuwp94 New Member

    Jan 16, 2012

    The biggest motivation I had for set up the unique email addresses (not so hard with Yahoo) is that I will know when a company has been compromised. This will allow me to protect myself by watching my credit and furthermore to notify the company and hopefully motivate them to be more careful in the future. I can also punish them as required by halting business with them and notifying forums, etc.

    After all many of these companies also have my home phone, address and more...

    Overall I have been surprised at the lack of problems - just DirecTV and Walgreens...and one other small retailer sold my email address to a politician....apparently.
  17. goober22

    goober22 Godfather

    Sep 8, 2004
    prOn... :D

    Been then, done that! :p
  18. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    If Directv's servers had been hacked, I believe it has a legal responsibility under data protection and privacy laws to notify it's customers. This weekend's hacking of Zappos customer data is one such example.
  19. Justin85

    Justin85 Legend

    Jun 16, 2010
    Wait a second.... a SINGLE computer was costing you $50/mo in electricity?

    Did it look anything like this? :D
  20. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    You have obviously been in Earl's den!!! ;)
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