The Spam Diaries

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

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Shame on Debian - their email list has been sold to spammers

I just received a pump-n-dump spam to a tagged email address I had only given to Debian, the maker of one of the more popular Linux distributions.

Sold out directly by Debian, or leaked and then sold? I don't care. Debian had a duty to protect its user email addresses from spammers and they've failed.


Anonymous Michael Clark said...

What to do about it? I recently caught some spam from a tagged email address I gave to REAL Software. They of course denied that they have a problem on their end.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

Forget about getting satisfaction from Real; they're the company that pretty much invented the commercial use of spyware. I would have expected better from Debian, though.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Quinlan said...

Debian intentionally leaves their mailing list archives open, indexed, non-obfuscated. People have asked them to fix it numerous times, but they really could not care less how this affects their users or how it continues to help each new generation of spammers.

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viruses stealing lists from an infected pc perhaps? I've 3 tagged addresses that have got out that way since last summer. Or so the leakers claimed.

12:37 AM  

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