[antispam-f] Re: New spam technique

  • From: Stuart Painting <stuart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: antispam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2006 20:29:11 +0100

Harriet Bazley <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I assume this is a mailing list that doesn't even *exist*;  it's
> certainly not one I'm subscribed to!

In years gone by, spammers would indeed set up actual mailing list 
software on unsuspecting "victim" machines. The list-specific headers 
would be "fake" in the sense that the addresses mentioned would not 
give any clues to the actual location of the mailing list, but the 
spammer would be able to send further spam messages to everyone on the 
list by merely posting one message to the (real) address of the 
machine running the mailing list.

The current popularity of botnets means that mailing lists are a less 
common way of sending spam (I haven't seen any for years...)

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