Silly me... I think I may have succumbed to a possible phishing email...
Thanks Joel. I became suspicious of the email when I started to receive
messages from Gmail's mailer telling me it couldn't forward the message I
sent, and would keep trying for a couple of days. I clicked the link I
cited here on the email I received (it looked legit although I think my
guard was too low) and it led me to my entry on prospective employer's jobs
It might have been a case of a man in the middle. Anyway, I'll get on with
On 13 May 2018 at 22:00, Joel Rees <joel.rees at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Owen Thomas <owen.paul.thomas at gmail.com>
> > I clicked on a link inside what I thought was a follow-up email sent to
> > about a job application. If you want to know what the link was, you'll
> > it here. I don't recommend clicking it, because I don't know what it
> does; I
> > supplied it merely in case someone could inspect the link and advise. I
> > tried to reply to the sender and apparently the recipient's email server
> > cannot be contacted.
> > Now, it appears that a whole swag of downloads are failing when I try to
> > connect to get patches. Eventually I get a dialogue window that displays
> > "Failed to download package files.". My internet connection is fine
> > you received this email.
> > Could my troubles with the software updates be related to link I clicked
> > the email? Should I perhaps do a complete reinstall of my Ubuntu?
> > Owen.
> FWIW, neither lynx nor wget will connect. The server is misconfigured.
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