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Hackers Hijack Computers Remotely In New Surge of Spam
On further investigation, though, AOL determined that the spammers were not enterprising students or moonlighting teachers. Instead, a spam-flinging hacker -- who still has not been found -- had exploited a software vulnerability to use the school's computers to relay spam while hiding the e-mail's true origins.
It was not an isolated incident. As spam has proliferated -- and with it the attempts by big Internet providers to block messages sent from the addresses of known spammers -- many mass e-mailers have become more clever in avoiding the blockades by aggressively bouncing messages off the computers of unaware third parties.
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