First, I know this is the rF board. I am posting this here because the people that got an email from my account were folks I raced rF with. Pretty much the only people I have ever emailed from Hotmail have been people I raced with. So to help ensure anyone here I raced with sees this, I figured it would be best to post in this board.
Here is a copy of two emails I sent out last night and today to the folks the 'phony' emails were sent to (some were returned, as I suppose those guys have blocked my addy from their accounts).
I just got online (been without the net for quite awhile) only to find someone had hacked my Facebook and Hotmail accounts. Facebook had locked my account and when I logged in it told me someone near Seoul South Korea had tried to access my account. I was asked if it was me or not. It was not and I had to reset my password. I came on hotmail (which was also blocked) and found a lot of emails were sent out from my account. I see there was nothing there except a link. I have a strong feeling it was some sort of virus. I hope and pray none of you guys clicked on it and if you did, I hope it wasn't a virus, just some spam or something. I saw an Announcement on Steam saying they were hacked and user information was compromised. I suppose that might be where the sender of those emials to you guy got my password from. I used the same PW for all my accounts. Dumb of me for that.
Anyway, I wanted to send you guys this note to let you know I had no idea of this until now. I really hope none of you were affected in a negative way.
And toady I sent this one after finding it was likely when Codematers was hack that my user info was compromised.
I found out that the hack likely was at Codemasters. I see I got an email from them in early June. Based on the dates, that is when the emails were sent out to you guys from my hotmail account.
I hope you don't think I had anything to do with those emails. I would never do anything like that. I am sorry they came from my account, but please trust I did not do it, nor did I know anything about it until last night.
While I do take responsibility for using the same password at various sites, I hope you all can forgive me for those emails coming from my addy.
I hope anyone that blocked my addy might see this and know I did not send them those emails back in June. I ask anyone that may have been told by someone that I was sending out spam or a virus to please direct them to this thread.
I first thought it was from the Steam attack where my info was stolen, but after checking closer the date of the Steam attack was much later in the year. When I found the warning email from Codemasters, I am fairly certain that is where it was taken from. The date of the email from them is only a few days different from when the emails to my friends was sent out (early June 2011).
So please forgive me for being so dumb in using the same PW.
Bye for now.