[NTLK] That recent spam message marked "hello!" from "john wallace"
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Sat Feb 2 05:58:36 EST 2013
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On Feb 1, 2013, at 5:51 PM, Lord Groundhog <lordgroundhog at gmail.com> wrote:
> In case anyone noticed, our list just received a message as I describe in
> the Subject line, with a link in it. DON¹T CLICK ON IT. It just takes you
> to a Fox News page that advertises some kind of pharma-hocus-pocus. I know
> this because a number of friends who have Yahoo mail accounts have sent it
> to me in the last few hours.
> Interesting points:
>  the spammers don¹t always use the same subject line.
>  the link that appears in the e-mail and eventually goes to that page
> isn¹t the same although the destination page seems to be.
>  the mail is sent only to 8 addresses, often including alternate
> addresses of the account they¹ve seized. In the case of the other people I
> was able to verify that most of the addresses were genuinely stored in their
> Y! address book. One address is mispelled by one letter in 2 instances ‹
>  this e-mail sent to us likewise has a total of 8 addresses. If this
> John Wallace really is or was one of us, that would explain why the
> Newtontalk address is one of them.
> Anyway, I found it interesting to look at the pattern I think I see, and I
> assume it means that once again, Yahoo¹s refusal to co-operate adequately
> with customers in locking things down has resulted in a massive
> seize-and-spam operation by some drongo who thinks annoying people is a good
> way to make money.
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