Originally Posted by CaptainAmerica
is it possible for one's entire email account to have an infection?.
The account can contain a virus (e.g. in an email), but the account itself isn't a virus. An account is simply a record. A line item in a database that points to other things... such as an inbox, a storage location, etc.
Now, it could be possible (hypothetically?) to make an account into a virus... perhaps by scripting an injection attack into one of the parameters... which is even ludicrous to fathom ... but other than that, no.
If you suspect that an account is compromised, scan/delete all messages and change the password. Remember that length is better than complexity.
Originally Posted by Mossiac
If the drive on the company side (hotmail, gmail etc.) was infected then I would guess so. But maybe someone else can explain it a little better.
That's pretty much how I see that too. The account itself is a line item in a table somewhere. The storage and files associated are the problem.
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