Why does anyone want to send 'spoofed emails'!!! It could be that spoofed e-mailmay purport to be from someone in a position of authority, asking for sensitive data,such as passwords, credit card numbers, or other personal information -- any of which can be used for a variety of criminal purposes.Whatever the motivation, the objective of spoofed mail is to hide the sender's realidentity. This can be done because the
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
does not require authentication (unlike some other, more secure protocols). A sendercan use a fictitious return address or a valid address that belongs to someone else,says Ms. Shinder.
How Spoofing Works:
In its simplest form, e-mail spoofing involves simply settingthe display name or “from” field of outgoing messages to show a name or addressother than the actual one from which the message is sent. Most POP e-mail clientsallow you to change the text displayed in this field to whatever you want.For example, when you set up a mail account in Outlook Express, you are asked toenter a display name, which can be anything you want, as shown below in the figure.The name you set will be seen in the recipient’s mail program as the person fromwhom the mail was sent. Likewise, you can type anything you like in the field on thefollowing page that asks for your e-mail address. These fields are separate from thefield where you enter your account name assigned to you by your ISP.The figure below shows what the recipient sees in the “from” field of an e-mail clientsuch as Outlook.
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