[Mailman-Users] Farmed addresses from text archive?

Jeff Barger jeff at look.net
Tue Aug 3 00:10:12 CEST 2004

On Jul 30, 2004, at 10:52 AM, Warren Woodward wrote:

> A subscriber of one of our client's lists today noted that his email
> address had been farmed by spammers from the list archives.  While the
> archives are indeed public, they had relied on the security of 
> mailman's
> paranthetical email address manipulation -- which obviously works like 
> a
> charm -- not noticing that the 'downloadable version' was a straight 
> text
> file that contained unaltered addresses.  To their credit, I had 
> managed
> to overlook this fact for years now, myself.
> What do people do to prevent this on their servers?  The list owner 
> would
> like to keep the archives public while protecting his subscribers.  
> Seems
> to me that we should make the "downloadable version" optional, or 
> perhaps
> force a zip of its contents to make is less bot friendly?  Have I
> overlooked some options, as usual?



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