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Re: Spam alert

On Thu, 2 Oct 2003, Chris Wenn wrote:

> > At 8:12 PM -0700 10/1/03, Robert Persson wrote:
> >>I have also just subscribed and I am wondering about these emails.
> >>I am subscribed to a number of lists so I don't know which one these
> >>come from.  Are the Debian lists particularly prone to this sort of
> >>stuff, or have we just been unlucky?
> >
> > I couldn't tell you... This is the only debian list I'm subscribed
> > to, and this is the only time I've shared my dslnorthwest addy with
> > any new people in weeks, so... >it's coming from someone on this list<
> >
> more likely that the virus - for that is what it is - has harvested the
> debian-powerpc list addresses from somewhere and is planging on them
> continuously. it's not hard to rip addresses out of the innumerable list
> archives out there. use a spam-filtering mail proggy (mozilla mail, for
> example), or set up spamassassin or something for yourself. Spammers and
> virus writers get cleverer and cagier every day, so the only answer for us
> poor shmoes is to be clevererer and cagierer...

The onyl real answer is to strip off e-mail addresses before archiving the posts
to something accessible by a web browser, such as the Debian list server.

Martin-Éric Racine

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