I receive spam e-mail or returned message failures from kent.edu addresses, including my own. Does this mean that my (or my colleague's) computer has been hacked?
The majority of "kent.edu" spam you see is simply from a forged address, and no more than an annoyance. It is very easy to send an e-mail that looks like it's from someone else. Spammers use forgery when sending messages because it increases the likelihood that their e-mails will be read when they appear to have come from a legitimate source.
Although less likely, your computer, or someone's you know, may be infected with a "spam-bot," which is software that allows spammers to send their messages using your computer. These messages can appear to be from your e-mail address, but often do not.
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