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[liberationtech] Large amounts of spam

Matt Mackall mpm at selenic.com
Wed Oct 31 19:48:48 PDT 2012


On Wed, 2012-10-31 at 18:39 -0400, Andrew Lewis wrote:
> Maybe someone is simply scrapping the archives for the sender address?

Scraping archives is passe. Most likely scenario:

- random subscriber's Windows box got owned by botnet malware
- malware scraped their disk for address books and credit card data
- malware began sending spam to people in said addressbooks for whoever
is renting the botnet

This is completely typical cybercrime behavior in 2012. And there's very
little that can be done about it.

-- 
Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.





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