[Mailman-Users] Spams directed to list owner.
dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Tue Jul 11 21:59:18 CEST 2006
Ron Brogden sent the message below at 12:47 7/11/2006:
>Most lists seem to display the real address anyway so I am not sure how much
>this obfuscation step really helps:
>"Mailman-Users list run by barry at python.org, brad at python.org,
>I doubt that spammers are incapable of automating searches for "foo @
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Such "obfuscation" is virtually useless. It is a pretty trivial
exercise to write a Perl program to collect e-mail addresses from
such schemes (I could do it in a matter of less than an hour to cover
all of the common variations). Same goes for all sorts of other
schemes that try to hide the e-mail address.
Since there is little that can be done to prevent a determined person
from harvesting addresses and nothing that can be done to prevent
spammers from sending, the best tactic that can be used today is a
good bayesian spam filter. But that is only part of the solution, it
also requires a conscientious administrator who is willing to take
the time to train it on both ham and spam.
Venimus, Saltavimus, Bibimus (et naribus canium capti sumus)
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