From: Keith MacDonald (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-09-23 12:21:45
My spam filters protect me from thousands of spams and viruses each day,
sent to unavoidably public addresses. My email client allows Windows .BMP
files, because they cannot be harmful to fully patched Windows XP systems,
and anyway Norton AV passed it.
It's not possible to harvest any email addresses from Boost mailing list
messages, unless you are silly enough to type them in a message, perhaps in
your signature. However, if the server containing the email database has
been compromised, a spammer could easily harvest them. Personally, if this
was my mailing list, I hope someone would make me aware of such issues, so I
could check if my security had been breached. However, if you'd rather
blame the messenger ...
- Keith MacDonald
"Rene Rivera" <grafikrobot_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> Have ever heard of email harvesting? It's a process by which spammers
> scan web sites and usenet news groups for email addresses, names, land
> addresses, etc. They then sell this information to other spammers.
> Perhaps you've gotten spam about spam, ie spam selling emails to spam. I
> get about five of those a month... And since this list and thousands of
> others are archived in a variety of publicly available web sites,
> including Google. Additionally spammers also subscribe to mail lists,
> just as you subscribed to this list, to directly collect addresses of
> every post. Your address was likely harvested from one of them. You have
> a few choices:
> 1. Use better Spam filters.
> 2. Use multiple sequential Spam filters.
> 3. Since you say you got the text as an image. Don't view inline
> attachments. It's the number one way viruses spread through email.
> 4. Use safe email reading programs to protect your self from virus Spam.
> That is, don't use Outlook.
> In the future you might want to investigate your claim before making
> accusations ;-)
> -- Grafik - Don't Assume Anything
> -- Redshift Software, Inc. - http://redshift-software.com
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> -- 102708583/icq - grafikrobot/aim - grafikrobot/yahoo
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