Michael Scheidell wrote:
>> From: Arthur Dent
>> Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 11:52:12 +0100
>> To:
>> Subject: Spam from the list?
>>
>> Hello all,
>>
>>
>> The worrying thing for me is that this is an email address I have only
>> recently created and have ONLY ever used for subscribing to this list (I
>>

>
> You email address IS public now, SA list is mirrored on several web servers.
> Email harvesters will find it.
>

Well, now, yes.. however, the OP did say he hadn't used it for posting.
Doesn't matter how many mirrors there are.
> Also, (not sure what list) but the 'backdoor' email address we use to send
> copies of this list (and others) to our internal public folders was also
> spammed. We never used that to post, so they must have gotten it from one
> of the lists web pages.
>

Hmm, that's odd, as the subscriber list shouldn't ever appear on a web
archive mirror. The only addresses there would be those actually
appearing in posts via From, Cc or body text.

I'm hoping this is just name generation coincidence.. Spammers
extensively use dictionary attacks, and unless your email address is
highly un-guessable (ie: aurthur's mlists is pretty guessable) it will
eventually be found by spammers even if it's never used anywhere.

I intend to do some testing to see what's going on..