Subject: Re: SPAM Alert: Email Address Harvesting
To: NetBSD Current <>
From: Chuck Yerkes <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/03/2004 03:27:52
Quoting Conrad T. Pino (
> When I subscribed to the "current-user" mailing list I
> created a new email address ""
> for that purpose.  I subscribed on 27-Dec-2003 and I
> received SPAM addressed to the new email address just
> now (2-Jan-2004).
> I realize there's no attempt to hide the sender's email
> address.  It's visible in the NetBSD archives and maybe
> all the other archives also.
> Now there is no doubt either list itself or archives are
> being harvested by the SPAM ghouls. :(
> I would like to hear opinions on the benefits and effort
> involved to prevent NetBSD mailing lists from leaking the
> sender's email address.  Any takers?

I'd not seen any spam.  So I looked in my SpamAssassin
folder ( > 5.0 but < the reject threshold).  Lo!  There was a bunch
of spam (including, ironically, a bunch of "MS Security Patches").

Who I'm subscribed as != who I post as.

My subscription address doesn't look like it's been snorked.

Procmail looks and if the Sender: is the netbsd list's sender
and a couple other things match, it goes into my NetBSD folder.

Other things to that address get looked at with more suspicion.