[Homeroast] OT: Re: Mailing List hacks

Andy Thomas adt0611 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 4 22:11:01 CDT 2012

As it turns out, I was probably not hacked. Someone I know received a spam email using my name, but it was not even sent from my account. Probably just an amateur attempt at phishing, and no harm done, as far as I know. I certainly didn't suspect this list or anyone on it; I just didn't want any of you good people to get caught if it had turned out to be a serious attack. 


 From: Mike Davis <mldavis2 at sbcglobal.net>
To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
Sent: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:42 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] Mailing List hacks
No e-mails here with Andy's return address, so Sweet Maria's list is OK and not likely a source of the problem.

As a further comment, very often a spammer will obtain an e-mail address from someone else's contact list on an improperly protected computer - someone with your address in their list.  This has happened to me when some old e-mail addresses were "stolen" from a long-unused contact list at Yahoo.  The spammers then used my e-mail address to spam other people by showing the origin of the spam to be my e-mail.  (I suspect the origin of the contact list because one person's e-mail 'bounced' back to me as undeliverable - a person who was only on that list and who had died a number of years ago.) There is no solution to this kind of 'theft' and spamming since many of these servers are off-shore, the 'crime' is not worth law enforcement pursuit, and our laws do not apply outside of our country.  The only thing you can do is judicious use of the delete key and make sure your own anti-virus programs, firewalls and routers block thieves.

Andy need not apologize, as it is very unlikely his fault, and most certainly not SM.

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