During the past two weeks information regarding the latest in hi-tech thievery has come to light. It has been verified during this period that spammers and others that promote unsolicited commercial email (UCE) have developed a method which uses keyboard keystrokes to determine e-mail account passwords of any given account.
DenverShark has information that was picked up from an Internet publication that verifies it.
We also have reason to believe that the CAUSS email account (address) was compromised some three weeks ago. There were literally hundreds of "returned" emails coming into the CAUSS mailbox from various ISP's indicating that the email addresses was not valid. This is proof positive that spammers had "hacked" the CAUSS email box password. The activity stopped almost immediately once the password was changed.
Another one of the directors had his personal email account shut down by his ISP for this same reason. His ISP advised that the hacker was sending upward to 1.5 million UCE's per day using his email account. One of the tricks the hackers used was what appeared to be a very legitimate "popup" add from AOL which was an "Insta Kiss" greeting from "someone you know".
It has been suggested to closely monitor your accounts ICQ's or IM's and not arbitrarily answer any queries from questionable sources. Another deterrent is to change your password frequently, especially if you observe any suspicious activity.
CAUSS does not send out any type of emails whatsoever. The only emails you may possibly receive will be from an individual director or administrator, and only then when replying to a problem or request. If you should receive any suspicious email in the name of CAUSS - Please advise us immediately and forward what information you have to - info@CAUSS.org