[conspire] Re: Linux program to remove mail from server?

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Thu Apr 28 14:47:47 PDT 2005

begin  Rick Moen quotation of Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 02:14:21PM -0700:

> I figured out why the latter doesn't work about ten years ago, when I
> noticed my SMTP received-mail logs showing that spammers were walking up
> all possible recipient names on my SMTP host, from
> aaaaaaaa at linuxmafia.com on up, sequentially.  They can take this
> fantastically inefficient approach because they have all the firepower
> in the world, in the form of virus-compromised zombie Windows boxes.
> Thus, if for that reason alone (and there are others) the "hiding from
> spammers" strategy is long obsolete -- if it was ever defensible at all.

Microsoft Windows viruses also copy addresses from
the users' address books, so if users of certain OSs
and mail programs ever get your address, the address
might as well have been on the web all along.

Don Marti
dmarti at zgp.org

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