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About spammers getting email addresses from suse archives
  • From: "M. Fioretti" <mfioretti@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 15:50:06 +0200
  • Message-id: <20060421135005.GA6520@xxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, Apr 10, 2006 18:30:29 PM +0100, Vince Littler
(who.still.believes.@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:

> On Monday 10 April 2006 18:17, Patrick Shanahan wrote:
> > * Vince Littler <redacted> [04-10-06 12:34]:
> >
> > > Actually, talking of crass, there you go again, you have put my email
> > > address into the archives at
> > > suse-linux-e/2006-Apr/1059.html, despite repeated requests not to.
> > >
> > :^)
> I'll take that as an admission that [given previous correspondence]
> you are putting my email address into the archives, deliberately and
> with the knowledge and intent that it will be trawled by spammers. I
> don't actually need to say any more.

Vince, and all others still nurturing such illusions:

have you realized that whatever Patrick, I or anybody else does with
the attribution line, your address is already being harvested by
spammers anyway? Every time you post?

Check out this post of yours at

See the From line at the beginning of the page? How much time do you
think it's needed to write a script that downloads all the archives
and replaces all the _at_ strings with @ ? I would need less than 5
minutes, and I wouldn't even have the money incentive...

But hey, why do it when it would be even easier to subscribe a fake,
silent address with the sole purpose of receiving at home all the
original messages, addresses and all?

I *can* understand and partly share your concern, but to yell at other
users *after* your "secret" has been written on every wall sounds
a bit silly. In any case, it's almost useless.


Marco Fioretti mfioretti, at the server
Fedora Core 5 for low memory

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the
set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

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