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I'm getting spammed on my techrep e-mail address

By SIBIT ·
Hi All,

I've been a member here for a few years now - this is my first post (not shy - just very busy). In the past week I've been getting spam to my techrep e-mail address. Only techrep have this e-mail address no-one else.

So far I've been ....

invited to The Outsourcing Institute - Vendor Summit 2003

Been offered extended vehicle warranty

Been invited on a surprise date !?!?!?!?

Several loan offers

And to cap it all - been offered ***** enlargement !!!!

We spend enough time combatting spam with users to have even more thrown at us when we sign up for something like techrep.

WHAT IS GOING ON !!!

Has someone sold the membership list ????

Comments appreciated.

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Spoofed?

by Oz_Media In reply to I'm getting spammed on my ...

Well it may be that TR has been spoofed, but they would generally let us know, I hope.

Is it possible that another peer has the email address and has been spoofed with your name in thier ady book? I don't think this could happen via peer mail but you never know these days.

I have to wonder, due to the SPAM you received you must now be leaving the bank and driving to a vendor summit with a hot date who just can't wait to see your massive ... gotta love spam sometimes.

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how did you guess

by SIBIT In reply to Spoofed?

love the reply Oz, how did you guess about me and the hot date......

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I used to get spam.

by Oz_Media In reply to how did you guess

I USED to get a few hundred a day, now it seems no spam and no dates, free cars, bank loans etc. (I won't comment on other email).

I miss all the wonderful opportunities to be rich, get laid and drive women crazy, but I don't miss wasting my day with email.

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Well I've had to do a reload and I'm

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I used to get spam.

Reestablishing my Spam Filters but the ones that I like are telling me that the US Government has money to give away and all I have to put my hand out.

Or the ones telling me that interest rates have dropped so I'm welcome to apply for a loan against my house.

While a bit of a nuisance they are at least in acceptable quantities in the last e-mail download of 155 incoming there where only 25 that had to be added to the Spam Filter.

BUT and here is the big BUT I have been receiving a lot of incoming infected e-mails with Netsky {all versions} and while it doesn't hurt me as I have an effective AV setup it could very well hurt someone with a bit less Security or AV protection and while it shouldn't affect anyone from TR it would be far more dangerous if another less technically orientated site was spoofed.

Col

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Have not seen much

by TheChas In reply to I'm getting spammed on my ...

I use the same address for TR and a number of other technical mailings. It is actually one of my 2 primary email addresses.

I have seen very little spam.

I do recommend that you change your user name to something other than your email address.

One other possibility is that however hosts your email account may have sold your address.

Chas

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DOH!

by Oz_Media In reply to Have not seen much

I never even looked at the alias. Probably another reason to use an alias instead of an email address. I guess we ARE hiding behind our aliases afterall, from spammers anyway.

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singular purposeful e-mail address

by SIBIT In reply to Have not seen much

A long long time ago I figured - let's go and buy a few domains, write a few redirection rules and see what happens.

So when I joined Tech Republic I used a new e-mail address - the only place this is visible on the entire net (until recently) was under "my account" on Tech Rep.

The e-mail address starts with techrep@xxxxx.com

The only e-mails I have ever received on this address are valid e-mails from Tech Republic, until now !

I'd be very interested to hear from someone in admin at TechRep as to how this has happened ???

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We've been spoofed

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to singular purposeful e-mai ...

Hey guys, just wanted to try and clear a a few things up.

First of all, I want to assure you that our e-mail delivery lists have not been sold to the scam artists you guys are talking about. We don't let third parties use our return address, as far as I know, and I am likely to have heard. Either way, we wouldn't have sold under ANY circumstances to these guys.

We're being spoofed, plain and simple, and we're working to find out why. The prevailing theory is that our recent efforts to improve our Google visibility and become more search-engine friendly have allowed spam-crawlers to comb our site for e-mail addresses. These spammers then spoof our return address as part of a social engineering scheme.

The best way to solve this problem is to make sure your peer alias is NOT your valid e-mail address. That way, the crawlers can't find it by combing the all-access portions of the site. You can still keep your address in your Peer Directory listing, which is available only to registered users. Crawlers can't reach that part of our site, so it's safe there.

Hope that helps.

-Jay Garmon
AKA The Trivia Geek

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Figured so

by Oz_Media In reply to We've been spoofed

The largest telco in Western Canada was spoofed a while back, as well as NEC, Nortel and others.

Web crawlers pick up the @ sign in aliases and return them as valid email addresses, once email is accepted by the email server or the remove link is clicked by the sender it is confirmed and then kept on a list and resold.

The lesson learned here, never use an @ sign in an alias, post or signature, even people that sig with a web address for a personal site will have their site crawled for admin, info etc. email addresses on THAT site and the domain will also be spoofed and so on and so on....that's why it's a called a virus or worm and not just a targeted hack.

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Thanks

by TheChas In reply to We've been spoofed

Thanks for confirming my faith in TR.

Chas

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