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First spam from harvested address

by merlyn (Sage)
on Aug 26, 2009 at 15:04 UTC ( #791368=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Well, today I got my first spam (a phishing attempt) from my harvested email address from that recent security breach. Luckily, it was a tagged address (adding ".perlmonk" to my "merlyn"), so I can safely round-can anything coming in.

I wasn't surprised when I got it, but I was actually pretty amazed it took that long. Apparently, the web scrapers aren't operating as quickly as they used to... too much web out there now to cover. :)

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Re: First spam from harvested address
by MidLifeXis (Monsignor) on Aug 26, 2009 at 16:27 UTC

    Same deal here. I think I had one shortly after the event, but it has been fairly quiet. Just had one this AM: typical bank "security notice" phish. Address became spamtrap food shortly after event.

    Tagged addresses have been, at least for me, probably the most useful change in email usage in the last 15+ years (oof, it has been that long).


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Re: First spam from harvested address
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Aug 28, 2009 at 17:46 UTC
    I've noticed a slight uptick in spam, etc, since then, but nothing significant. With gmail's filters, though, I pretty much ignore that stuff anyway.

    Now, if we can trace it back to the folks who do this, maybe we can use some Yankee justice on them.

    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

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