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email hacked & they got years old closed account info?


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SallyMae

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My yahoo email got hacked and I got a ton of mailer daimons. What confuses me is that some of these mailer daimons are where whoever hacked my current email account tried to send emails to email accounts that have been dead for several years. They had no connection whatsoever to the account hacked. Where would this hacker have gotten these old email accounts? Anybody have any idea?

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just a farmed list of emails. most people who "hack" online email accounts like that don't hack one account to send to one person. they hack as many as they can and send mail to as many people as they can. they bought a big list of emails from someone and they send out emails to everyone on the list. some of them are bound to be dead ends.
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oic. thanks. I guess what confused me, and I should have been more clear, but the dead email accounts were accounts of mine from several years ago that had no link to the account hacked. I guess it's possible all my dead accounts were on an email list someone sold? Anyway, thanks again.
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theoretically your old accounts could have been in your current account's contacts, or if you've ever sent an email from the old accounts to the current ones they could be in an automatic contact list, or any such thing.
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