Invasion of e-mail-contact list my contacts are bombarded with ads that I have not sent

Someone has invaded my e-mail contacts list. My contacts are bombarded with ads for viagra, solicitations for *, and other annoying (no relation to me) elements. Many are angry with me one blocked me to send them emails. -What happened? It seems that the emails are about me! What can I do? I had the same address for 10 years and never had a problem.

It is common for spammers to hijack the address of an innocent victim and use it as the mailing address (it happens to almost everyone).  You will notice when you begin to receive NDRs from addresses that do not exist and to which did not send you.  You will also notice your particularly targeted contacts.  This is no big deal and does not mean that your mailbox has been compromised.  You should see the decrease in non-delivery reports and stop completely after a few days that the spammer is using another address to send.

On the other hand, if you find your specific contacts are being targeted, then it is much more likely that your mail has been compromised.  It could be your PC or it could be your e-mail account on the server.  Look in your sent items folder.  If you see these messages to your contacts, then your PC has been compromised, and you may need to back up your data and reinstall Windows from scratch to get rid of the compromise.  You will need the security best practices as well.

If you do not see messages in sent items, then it is more likely that your mailbox on the server has been compromised.  In this case, if you can still access the mailbox through a web browser, log in there and change your password immediately.  Choose a complex password that is not a word in the dictionary; which contains mixed uppercase, numbers and special characters, and isat ten characters.  Then start practicing more safe safety habits, for example, access does not to any online service that does not use https in front of the URL by using a public wifi hotspot, such as nearby your home local coffee.  Making the box mailbox inaccessible to anyone who can access now should prevent intrusion.

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