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Steve
2005-03-29, 02:56
Hi,

I registered my gmail account to be used specifically for the
slimdevices discuss list and it is not used anywhere else.

Guess what, I've started receiving spam to it. Looking at the archives
I see that some attempt is made to conceal the email address by using
"email.address at domain.com" but most address harvesters get round
that very easily.

Yes I know it could be a dictionary attack but I use a similar form
email address with other common domain names with other lists and
these have yet to receive any spam.

Is there any need to show the whole address? Can the web based
archives be adjusted to stop this please.

thanks

Steve Davis

Thomas B. Malsbury
2005-03-29, 07:06
I would have to agree that the archives were recently harvested.

I began receiving spam at my "slim only" account a few weeks ago. They
all have similarly formated subject lines.

[x] (where x seems to be any random number)

It was easy enough to filter them out and I just look through them every
couple of days to make sure I didn't miss any legit off list emails.
I'd say I get a steady 1-2 a day now, but I can see it quickly becoming
a bigger issue if the addresses are shared by who ever harvested them or
if they continue to be harvested by new spammers.

Tom Malsbury


Steve wrote:

>I registered my gmail account to be used specifically for the
>slimdevices discuss list and it is not used anywhere else.
>
>Guess what, I've started receiving spam to it. Looking at the archives
>I see that some attempt is made to conceal the email address by using
>"email.address at domain.com" but most address harvesters get round
>that very easily.
>
>Yes I know it could be a dictionary attack but I use a similar form
>email address with other common domain names with other lists and
>these have yet to receive any spam.
>
>Is there any need to show the whole address? Can the web based
>archives be adjusted to stop this please.
>
>thanks
>
>Steve Davis
>
>

Roy Owen
2005-03-29, 07:36
That's why I use my GMail acct for this list. BTW I have 50 invites
in anybody wants one.


On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:06:31 -0500, Thomas B. Malsbury
<slim (AT) malsbury (DOT) net> wrote:
> I would have to agree that the archives were recently harvested.
>
> I began receiving spam at my "slim only" account a few weeks ago. They
> all have similarly formated subject lines.
>
> [x] (where x seems to be any random number)
>
> It was easy enough to filter them out and I just look through them every
> couple of days to make sure I didn't miss any legit off list emails.
> I'd say I get a steady 1-2 a day now, but I can see it quickly becoming
> a bigger issue if the addresses are shared by who ever harvested them or
> if they continue to be harvested by new spammers.
>
> Tom Malsbury
>
>
> Steve wrote:
>
> >I registered my gmail account to be used specifically for the
> >slimdevices discuss list and it is not used anywhere else.
> >
> >Guess what, I've started receiving spam to it. Looking at the archives
> >I see that some attempt is made to conceal the email address by using
> >"email.address at domain.com" but most address harvesters get round
> >that very easily.
> >
> >Yes I know it could be a dictionary attack but I use a similar form
> >email address with other common domain names with other lists and
> >these have yet to receive any spam.
> >
> >Is there any need to show the whole address? Can the web based
> >archives be adjusted to stop this please.
> >
> >thanks
> >
> >Steve Davis
> >
> >
>
>

Ben Coombs
2005-03-29, 07:44
off topic, but http://isnoop.net/gmail/ has over 600,000 gmail invites
if you want one.


On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:36:03 -0500, Roy Owen <yddraig (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> That's why I use my GMail acct for this list. BTW I have 50 invites
> in anybody wants one.
>
> On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:06:31 -0500, Thomas B. Malsbury
> <slim (AT) malsbury (DOT) net> wrote:
> > I would have to agree that the archives were recently harvested.
> >
> > I began receiving spam at my "slim only" account a few weeks ago. They
> > all have similarly formated subject lines.
> >
> > [x] (where x seems to be any random number)
> >
> > It was easy enough to filter them out and I just look through them every
> > couple of days to make sure I didn't miss any legit off list emails.
> > I'd say I get a steady 1-2 a day now, but I can see it quickly becoming
> > a bigger issue if the addresses are shared by who ever harvested them or
> > if they continue to be harvested by new spammers.
> >
> > Tom Malsbury
> >
> >
> > Steve wrote:
> >
> > >I registered my gmail account to be used specifically for the
> > >slimdevices discuss list and it is not used anywhere else.
> > >
> > >Guess what, I've started receiving spam to it. Looking at the archives
> > >I see that some attempt is made to conceal the email address by using
> > >"email.address at domain.com" but most address harvesters get round
> > >that very easily.
> > >
> > >Yes I know it could be a dictionary attack but I use a similar form
> > >email address with other common domain names with other lists and
> > >these have yet to receive any spam.
> > >
> > >Is there any need to show the whole address? Can the web based
> > >archives be adjusted to stop this please.
> > >
> > >thanks
> > >
> > >Steve Davis
> > >
> > >
> >
> >