AOL Email Spoof - Change Your Password

PhotoEven if you're not an AOL user, you still might be affected by the recent AOL email spoofing — I say this as a non-AOL user who, in the past couple of days, has had a small avalanche of AOL-addressed spam littering my own email inbox.

If you have AOL email, there's definitely a chance your account has been spoofed — meaning, it's being used to send spammy emails to everyone in your address book. TechCrunch, which is owned by AOL, said on April 21 that “Sources close to the company believe the impact was less than 1 percent of all users and that they expect the issue to be quickly remedied.”

But for safety's sake, any AOL email users should change their passwords now, rather than wait to find out whether they were affected or not.

It's believed — so far — that customer data from other AOL accounts has not been compromised.

If you don't have AOL email, watch out for anything you get from an AOL address, especially emails with either no subject heading, or a vague and meaningless one. (My recently received AOL spoof emails had either blank subject headings, the word “Hi!” or the heading “FW:” followed by blank space.)

Ideally you should not even open such an email, but if you do, make sure you do not click on any links inside, nor open any attachments the email might have — doing so will almost certainly result in some very nasty malware infecting your computer.