[Mailman-Users] Farmed addresses from text archive?
scratch at xmission.com
Fri Jul 30 16:52:44 CEST 2004
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?
warrenw at xmission.com
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