The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ameritrade customer email lists sold or stolen?

Item: a number of correspondants have informed me that tagged email addresses given to Ameritrade years ago are now appearing in spam. Source of the leak is unknown and probably unknowable. Ameritrade could have sold the list, or it could have been stolen. My money is that the leak ocurred within some third-party email service provider which Ameritrade hired to send email in the past.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaks of data are far more likly to occure internally at a company that with an Email Service Provided. Here is a great example:

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the same time, there are hackers that try to sell e-mail lists they claim they've stolen from dating services...

11:53 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

This has happened to me. Since i changed my email address (tagged address) with ameritrade in july 06 i have received 32 spam emails. I'd like to find out if there is a class action lawsuit developing.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ameritrade email was stolen as well. gotta love (NOT) these blog sites that show you the time of day a post was made, but not the date!?

8:06 PM  
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