[clug] unusual spam recently

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Mon Nov 15 02:23:07 MST 2010

On 15/11/10 19:06, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> Eyal Lebedinsky<eyal at eyal.emu.id.au>  writes:
>> As of early today I received a number of spam messaged titled
>> 	Action Required : Upgrade Your New Adobe PDF Reader
>> Nothing out of the ordinary here, except that these were sent to
>> aliases that I hardly ever use, mostly created for one purpose
>> and only used by the one business at very low frequency.
> [...]
>> Is anyone else seeing such an event? Does anyone have an idea where
>> else I should look?
> The three most common causes for this that I am familiar with are:
> 1. You used an email localpart that someone else anywhere on the Internet used
>     in a visible place.  Spam now flows to every previously used localpart at
>     every identified domain, because it gets through to people who don't
>     publish their details effectively.
> 2. Someone had that address in their address book, and it got pilfered (or
>     given away) to the spammers.  (Typically by way of hostile code lifting it
>     from them.)

But it is unlikely that five different businesses got hacked within the same
few hours?

> 3. Someone stole the database of the online service, and sold it as material
>     for spam.

What online service? tip (more precisely @eyal.emu.id.au) is what I use.

>          Daniel


Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)

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