[plt-scheme] New kind of spam

From: Henk Boom (henk at henk.ca)
Date: Fri Mar 27 12:34:13 EDT 2009

2009/3/27 Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org>:
> As I suspected, the email sent last night from `Hollywoodkiller' was
> spam.  It looks like we're finally at the point of spammers that
> subscribe to mailing lists -- I wondered what was the goal of sending
> a reply to a digest with the whole thing quoted and no additional
> text.  When I saw how the post looks like in google groups the trick
> became clear: the interface conveniently hides the whole quoted part,
> so the only thing that is left visible is the signature -- which
> contains the spammer's URL, so it looks like that was the goal.
> If anyone knows about these new kind of spammers and/or about ways to
> avoid them, please tell me.
> [Some more details, in case you're interested:
>  - I saw the suspicious email subscribing, and sent an "are you
>   human?"  question.
>  - Got an immediate "thank you" reply (fast enough to indicate being
>   automated) and later I got another message saying "this is a
>   human."
>  - A few minutes lated the said email was posted.
>  - I send another query, and turn on moderation for the emails.
>  - Just now there was another message sent (same deal: quoting a
>   digest with nothing but the signature added).
>  - I sent a message and unsubscribed it.
>  So it looks like setting this up is easy: subscribe in digest mode,
>  and have an auto-reply that sends those emails.]

Thanks, I was wondering about those, there have been several showing
up on the Gimp-developer list as well.


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