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On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 12:51:33AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> It's arguably a useful (if rude) tactic in news, since, I hypothesize,
> it's much faster for spammers to harvest From: addresses because they're
> usually in the overview file while Reply-To: is not. That makes it a
> matter of downloading an index versus downloading every article.

I did an experiment by posting a temporary account in the From header
in a bunch of different fairly high-traffic, high-spam groups as well
as the ones I regular.  Six months later when I remembered I had
started that little experiment, the box was still empty.

This doesn't surprise me at all, though:  how many times have you
gotten a spam that starts off "This is a text-only section for people
with older[1] mail readers incapable of viewing HTML" and then leads
right into the HTML spam...

[1] Yeah, whatever, the current release of OE is *way* older than the
current version of mutt...

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