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Re: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Unwanted crap msgs

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Unwanted crap msgs
From: "Lonnie" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 08:08:02 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
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Enough already!!!!  Where is our moderator?? 
-------Original Message-------
From: David Gilbert
Date: 04/01/12 04:35:50
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Unwanted crap msgs
Not that rare at all, as others on the various ham radio lists have
discovered in the last couple of months alone.  In any case, I've asked
the original poster if the same (or similar) unwanted message went to
others in his address book.  If he gives me an answer, we'll have ours.
Dave   AB7E
On 3/31/2012 8:43 PM, Al Kozakiewicz wrote:
> Occam's razor.
> The days of a virus harvesting emails from address books are largely over,
though it certainly was common 10 years ago.
> There are dozens of ways spammers harvest email addresses.  An easy way to
get a nexus of related people is from forwarded emails and is probably the
most common method.  No hacking is involved and far less risk and work is
required.  For example, David Gilbert posts something exceedingly witty to
tower talk.  I find it worth repeating and forward it to every one of my 50
or so Irish cousins (literally - my mothers siblings bred like rabbits). 
One of them forwards it on and at some point the email with the addresses of
all the previous senders and recipients ends up in the hands of a spammer or
email address seller.  That person can now spam all my cousins by spoofing
my address.  He may not subscribe to tower talk, but knows that I do.  He
also knows who my cousins send email to, and who they send email to.
> My computer did not need to be hacked.  I'm sure it still happens, but it
is exceedingly rare.
> Al
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