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Re: Fwd: Unseen debian maintainers (fwd)

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On Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:58, Tran Nam Binh wrote:
> Hackers have put my user id into some redistributing
> list of your technical forum.

Hi Tran,

Firstly the good news: Unsubscribing should be very easy.  Go to any 
message you're getting on the list and search for a 'view all headers' option 
in the menu.  In my mail client it is in the view menu but it might be 
somewhere else in yours.  Once you have this you should see lines something 

for <lakeland@cs.otago.ac.nz>; Mon, 3 Dec 2001 13:04:27 +1300 (NZDT)
Received: from murphy.debian.org (murphy.debian.org [])
by mail.acm.org (8.9.3/8.9.3) with SMTP id TAA22784
for <lakeland@acm.org>; Sun, 2 Dec 2001 19:04:22 -0500
Resent-Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 19:04:22 -0500
Received: (qmail 6525 invoked by uid 38); 2 Dec 2001 23:58:30 -0000

The one you're looking for is the very last "for <....>" line, just before 
the Resent-Date.  This is the email address that was used to subscribe you.

Now, go to http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/unsubscribe and check all the 
lists you think you might be subscribed to.  I know you're subscribed to 
debian-devel since that is where you posted.  It doesn't matter if you check 
too many so you could be safe and just check them all.  At the bottom enter 
the email address you found out above and click on unsubscribe.

Now for the bad news: 

We used to have a number of problems with people subscribing other people to 
these lists, so we instituted a policy of only subscribing people who confirm 
their subscriptions.  

That means either someone is reading your email and confirmed the 
subscription, or else someone created a dummy email account, probably with 
yahoo or hotmail, and is forwarding all of its email to you.  

Personally I suspect it is the latter.  Even if you run Microsoft Windows and 
use a cable modem it is still a little work to break into your system to read 
your mail.  It seems unlikely a cracker would bother with this if they're 
going to do something as benign as subscribing you to our mailing list.  More 
likely they'd use your system for illegal cracking of bank accounts, or the 
machines of people they don't like, so it gets traced back to you.

So someone has created a dummy email address and set it to forward all mail 
to you.  That means even if you unsubscribe yourself there is nothing we can 
do to stop the person resubscribing you.  You could try contacting the 
postmaster at wherever the forwarder comes from, probably yahoo or hotmail, 
but these places are very big and generally won't do anything unless you have 
exact details,times,messages,etc.  There is nothing we can do either, since 
the person can create any account name they want and subscribe it to the list.

Best of Luck,

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