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Topic: OT: Re: Mailing List hacks (52 lines)
1) From: Andy Thomas
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 jus=
t an amateur attempt at phishing, and no harm done, as far as I know. I cer=
tainly 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. =
Andy
 From: Mike Davis 
To: homeroast =
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 fr=
om someone else's contact list on an improperly protected computer - someon=
e 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 showin=
g the origin of the spam to be my e-mail.  (I suspect the origin of the c=
ontact list because one person's e-mail 'bounced' back to me as undeliverab=
le - 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 pu=
rsuit, 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-v=
irus programs, firewalls and routers block thieves.
Andy need not apologize, as it is very unlikely his fault, and most certain=
ly not SM.
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