Unusual list spam - caution

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at iotecdigital.com
Fri Jul 10 23:16:49 CEST 2015


There was a crazy kid (over 18 but still living with his mother) and I mean crazy, who decided he would harass our pastor. He kept finding out any new email we set up for him, then signing him up for every list in existence. Lists are supposed to provide a verification and unsubscribe mechanism, but how do you police such things? It was so bad he had 5 different elders in his sights at one time. We tried reporting him to the authorities, but the FBI says he has to do more than 5,000 in damage before they will even look at the case, and they only look into something like 3% of the worst ones. Eventually it stopped. I think he pissed off the wrong crowd. 

Bob S


> On Jul 10, 2015, at 13:23 , J. Landman Gay <jacque at hyperactivesw.com> wrote:
> 
> Thanks very much for the explanation, it was a puzzle. I know someone else who got signed up to lists that way, it was a horror. Took him weeks to get it all straightened out. What a mess.
> 
> I'm really sorry it happened to you.
> 
> On 7/10/2015 2:49 PM, Jim MacConnell wrote:
>> That was my fault. Someone used my email to sign up for mailing lists,
>> sites, etc. I got emails asking for email verification or just informing me
>> that "I" had joined roughly 4,000 lists in a couple of hours and it was
>> continuing. Used an email rule to respond with a "Not Me" notice and delete
>> the emails BUT I inadvertently applied the rule to existing emails instead
>> of only new ones coming in. that means even lists I want to be on got
>> notices... Dman.
>> Sorry for the noise.
>> Jim
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Peter Haworth [mailto:pete at lcsql.com]
>> Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 12:07 PM
>> To: How to use LiveCode
>> Subject: Re: Unusual list spam - caution
>> 
>> I got the same type of emails delivered to my personal email address, both
>> from Jim McConnell. Sure sounds like the mailing membership has been hacked
>> somehow.  Could this part of the ddos attacks on the forum that have been
>> mentioned recently?
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 11:22 AM J. Landman Gay <jacque at hyperactivesw.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> I'm not sure what this means but it probably deserves a heads-up. I
>>> received three emails today that appeared to be replies to the three
>>> list posts I made yesterday. They were all from the same person, whose
>>> name I do not recognize. The entire text of the message was:
>>> 
>>>      This registration used a hijacked email address!
>>> 
>>> followed by a quoted copy of my post. There was no other text.
>>> 
>>> When I first saw these on my Android tablet they each included an
>>> enclosure of different lengths. That was the tip-off to check the
>>> headers, since this list does not allow enclosures. The headers of a
>>> real list mail include "on-rev.com", these had no mention of the
>>> on-rev domain. They all came from a private user domain via Quest.
>>> 
>>> I then retrieved the email on my Mac and there are no enclosures
>>> listed for any of the three. I'm not sure where they went, I didn't open
>> them.
>>> They may have been copies of the quoted posts but I'm not sure.
>>> 
>>> At any rate, something odd is going on so keep an eye out.
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
>>> HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
>>> 
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