[DECtalk] Another important message about last night's spam
jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Tue May 24 19:13:01 EDT 2016
I have put the member in question on moderated status. What this means
is that if they send more mail to the list, whether it's legitimate or
spam, I'll have to approve it. In the more than eleven years I've been
running this list, this is the first outright spam I've seen posted here.
If your Email address begins with theheathbar and you have anything to
add to this discussion or if you've set up an alternate Email account
assuming your current account was compromised sometime in the past,
please contact me off list.
On 5/24/2016 7:00 PM, mattias wrote:
> so we should tolerate spams on this list?
> Den 2016-05-25 kl. 00:54, skrev Jayson Smith:
>> It's not that I don't care. The reason I am not banning this spammer
>> is that this user has posted legitimate messages to the list before.
>> Furthermore, aside from changing their Email address everywhere,
>> there's nothing they can do now to stop the spam, now that it has
>> started happening. Rest assured, if someone subscribed to the list
>> for the sole purpose of sending spam, they'd be banned too quick to
>> talk about, and if that happened too often, I'd have to start
>> manually approving all subscription requests. But we're not there yet.
>> On 5/24/2016 6:45 PM, mattias wrote:
>>> so the admin on this list dont care?
>>> if you dont ban the spammer i will unsubscribe
>>> Den 2016-05-24 kl. 19:15, skrev Jayson Smith:
>>>> Hi again,
>>>> Earlier today, someone replied to one of the spam messages, asking
>>>> them to stop spamming. Unfortunately, this reply probably contained
>>>> the spam link in the original message, so it was rejected as spam
>>>> by a few providers. In the future, if spam goes out on this or any
>>>> other list, I would suggest just ignoring it completely. Don't
>>>> reply and ask them to stop, don't berate them for spamming, etc.
>>>> Just ignore it. If the spam came from someone you happen to know,
>>>> you could contact them privately and let them know their Email
>>>> account has probably been compromised, but once spammers get hold
>>>> of their address book, there's not much anyone can do about it.
>>>> The way this probably happens is as follows. Someone subscribes to
>>>> a list. This is usually someone using one of the mega Email
>>>> providers like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Later, that
>>>> account's username and password are compromised. There are many
>>>> ways this could happen and I won't go into them here. At any rate,
>>>> whatever hackers or spammers now have that info log in and download
>>>> the person's address book. They then send Emails which appear to
>>>> come from that Email address to addresses in that address book,
>>>> hoping to catch that person's friends and associates off guard.
>>>> When such a message goes to a mailing list, the list software
>>>> accepts it, since it looks like a message from a legitimate
>>>> Once I saw a message come to a few mailing lists from someone I
>>>> know from those lists. He said he was in England and had been
>>>> mugged, and was asking people to click a link to send him money via
>>>> Western Union or some other payment service. A few minutes later,
>>>> when the real person got wind of those Emails, he sent a followup
>>>> message to the lists explaining what had happened and telling
>>>> people not to believe those earlier Emails.
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