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Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:49 AM Reply

One of the authors with content on the front page received this email, apparently spoofing my email address as the sender:


From: TomFulp <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 19:09:36 -0800
Subject: Congratulations Newgrounds Present you with.....

Your Flash was a good peice of work. :)

Heres a Action Script Generator

-Used to generate scripts to make games and flash movies involving action scripts. Makes flash mx action script much easier. ;)

Enjoy hope to see more of your work soon.

There was a 46k file attached called "flash". It is most likely something malicious. Please note that I will NEVER send anyone random files such as this. If you receive an email from me with a file attachment, don't open it until you specifically know the context of our communication!

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:51 AM Reply

attempt of hack maybe?


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:51 AM Reply

How the hell is is possible to mail with your e-mail adress? :s

You are gonna inform the FBI about this?

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:51 AM Reply

Well, I've not recieved this email yet.

Ill look out for it, though.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:52 AM Reply

that sucks tom

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:52 AM Reply

Is it possible for the hacker to be arrested for interfering with a site's authority or something like that?


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:54 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:49 AM, TomFulp wrote: Please note that I will NEVER send anyone random files such as this

On note, Tom. This isn't the first time I've heard of this happening, either. Apparantly, a while ago, people were recieving e-mails from 'you' asking if they wanted to be BBS mods. All they had to do was send their username and password. Dodgy dealings, indeed.


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:55 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:52 AM, carmelhadinosaur wrote: Is it possible for the hacker to be arrested for interfering with a site's authority or something like that?

it is possible to send emails under other addresses, and i guess this is what the sender did, or at least hope.
thanks for the time to warn us, tom.


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:56 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:49 AM, TomFulp wrote:

Is there anything you can do in a situation like this, any way to find out who is sending them?

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 09:57 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:51 AM, JohnnyWang wrote: attempt of hack maybe?

attempt of virus spreading more likely

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:03 AM Reply

thnx for the news tom, hope its not gonna be the next big virus though... :S

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:06 AM Reply

I tend to get a few fake emails to my NG address.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:08 AM Reply

damn bastard trying to hack your email tom ..... this person must be shot


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:10 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:57 AM, thefinalcooljudge wrote:
At 3/17/05 09:51 AM, JohnnyWang wrote: attempt of hack maybe?
attempt of virus spreading more likely

Seems like a too complicated way to spread virus to me.

If I'd go through that kind of hastle, I'd atleast try to hack someone to gain some profit
(like I'd do anything like that, I couldn't hack shit...)


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:10 AM Reply

is that the same person who kept emailing people that they were mods and to talk about it on the bbs? could it be?


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:17 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 10:06 AM, ramagi wrote: I tend to get a few fake emails to my NG address.

Congratulations! You're a new Newgrounds BBS Moderator. Please make a topic in the General forum. Now.


#coys

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:18 AM Reply

I love the way they don't even bother to check their spelling, grammar or punctuation and write emails totally out of the style of a genuine NG email. If you'e going to start a virus, you should at least do it convincingly. :(


Help, I'm trapped inside this guy's signature!

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:18 AM Reply

That SUCKS! That bastard...

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:22 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:51 AM, Zendra wrote: How the hell is is possible to mail with your e-mail adress? :s

You are gonna inform the FBI about this?

Inform the FBI about this? lol. Yes, the FBI will definately investigate a virus mail someone on the internet sent. Since that is their main priority and they do that with all the 250 million virus mails that are sent every week


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:23 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:51 AM, Zendra wrote: How the hell is is possible to mail with your e-mail adress? :s

Whoever did this didn't actually use Tom's email address, they just changed the "From:" field to '[email protected]'. When you send an email, the 'From' field isn't even checked to see if it's a valid address, and if you know what you're doing, you can type anything in there, including someone else's email address.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:25 AM Reply

now talking about fakes, a few days ago some hotshot submit his work here at NG. well nothing much unusual but when i checked out the author's profile, its almost exactly the same as the real tom profile, excpet for that votting power, submittion list and bbs post no. i realise it immediately and blam his shitty work(his work was really shitty). just to remind people here not to fall into that trap

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:28 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 10:22 AM, AloneInTheDark wrote: Inform the FBI about this? lol. Yes, the FBI will definately investigate a virus mail someone on the internet sent. Since that is their main priority and they do that with all the 250 million virus mails that are sent every week

The FBI would be more concerned about kiddie porn.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:30 AM Reply

I'm glad this guy had the right idea to contact someone about this. This is also part of the reason why I hide my e-mail address on the site, too many immature people with rage/malicious intent.

Though I wouldn't open anything, even from you, Tom, if I hadn't asked for it in advance.

Seems to me that you wouldn't send something like that to someone, if it wasn't already on Newgrounds Flash FAQ. I wonder if there is anyway at all to find out who did this, beside local and state authorities.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:32 AM Reply

That sucks I wouldn't know who would do that

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:33 AM Reply

lol, I wouldn't be so stupid to open that.

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:33 AM Reply

So I'm NOT the next American Idol.... : (

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:39 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:51 AM, Zendra wrote: How the hell is is possible to mail with your e-mail adress? :s

You are gonna inform the FBI about this?

with some email commponents you can specify any from adress. like cdonts

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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:46 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 10:25 AM, thefinalcooljudge wrote: now talking about fakes, a few days ago some hotshot submit his work here at NG. well nothing much unusual but when i checked out the author's profile, its almost exactly the same as the real tom profile, excpet for that votting power, submittion list and bbs post no. i realise it immediately and blam his shitty work(his work was really shitty). just to remind people here not to fall into that trap

I saw it too. He was level two and I was like, "wait, isn't Tom level nine?" I blew the whistle on it, but I don't think it got enough attention to be marked.


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Response to Warning: Fake Tom Email Mar. 17th, 2005 @ 10:48 AM Reply

At 3/17/05 09:49 AM, TomFulp wrote: One of the authors with content on the front page received this email, apparently spoofing my email address as the sender:
From: TomFulp <[email protected]>
There was a 46k file attached called "flash". It is most likely something malicious.

oh how lovely...
at least the person wasnt
dumb enough to find out what
was in the file and notified you
about it.