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HELP! - First time using Interspire - Got attacked by malware

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by bakimoo, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. bakimoo

    bakimoo Newbie

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    Hey there,Wondering if anyone familiar with Email marketing can help me out with what just happened to me.

    Ok, so I started a non optin email campaign last week. Scraping emails off google with GSA email spider.

    I used 1 interspire vps to send out a bunch of test emails - you know, random email just to test that the email address' are still in use, so I can weed out the bounces.Whilst it was doing this, I started to write up my email swipe. Made my link smaller by using tinyurl and saved it.

    Next day, my test emails have been sent, so I move the list into my other vps to send the email swipe I made the day before. Decided to double check the link in my email still works... click on it and get sent to some russian site instead but google chrome blocks it saying it's a haven of malware and not to proceed?

    The tinyurl link is exactly the same as the one I wrote into the email swipe the day before. So what happened here?

    So, I make a new link in tinyurl. Check it - all ok this time. Put the new link in my email and send it off to roughly 60,000 emails that I checked the day before. After about 1000 emails, not a single one got to the spam folders let alone the inbox!?

    Check the link again...it links correctly to the affiliate offer I'm promoting... only google chrome have now blocked this too - saying it's linked to malware. I check the main affiliate site (without my hop link) same thing! Malware

    So, I go to check out my vps - all ok. But now I can't login to the email account linked to it. wrong password. I guess someone has hacked into it and changed the password?

    Sooo yeah, it looks like I sent malware out to about 60,000 people, destroyed my affiliates entire website and got locked out of my email account...WTF is going on here?!!

    Other pertinent info: I checked my laptop for virus' on tuesday last week - no problem. Checked again today - found 3 items. Including a rather nasty sounding trojan that might be linked to a keylogger (I formatted the HD and reinstalled windows!)

    So the most obvious explanation is that my laptop got infected sometime this week but I'm still left with a lot of unanswered questions:

    1) why wasn't my 1st server attacked too (still have access to email and control panel) nor any of my other email accounts?

    2) The tiny url link I created the night I made the email swipe is exactly the same as the one I checked the next day (which led me to a russian site) - how is this possible?

    3) Is it likely that google flagged my affiliates site as malware less than 1 hour after the emails were sent? or could they have had this malware first and passed it onto me?

    Sorry for the wall of text. Any answers would be gratefully appreciated.
     
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  2. fbrcold

    fbrcold Junior Member

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    Sending out that many emails from one ip and especially the ip that is connected to your domain is not wise. Google, Yahoo and most hosting companies will detect malware well before you send out that many emails. The malware could have come from anything. Anytime you are uploading any type of script you need to first make sure you get it from a trusted source. So of course you would get flagged if you are sending out malware. Check your ip and domain against mx blacklists.
     
  3. bakimoo

    bakimoo Newbie

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    well, when sending non optin emails, it's a given that you will lose IP's quickly and even domains eventually, but this could possibly get me banned from the server host.

    The IP I used is toast and I would have thought the domain would be too but it seems to be ok still - I'm sure that will change soon.

    The affiliate I was linking to is very well respected. One of the top performing on clickbank and I used ************ - but thats it - So the script should have been fine.
     
  4. bakimoo

    bakimoo Newbie

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    ***** = tinyurl

    sorry, didn't know you can add urls.