[Rd] Spam to R-* list posters
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Thu Apr 19 16:40:24 CEST 2018
>>>>> Serguei Sokol <sokol at insa-toulouse.fr>
>>>>> on Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:29:54 +0200 writes:
> Thanks Tomas for this detailed explanation.
> I would like also to signal a problem with the list. It must be
> corrupted in some way because beside the Tomas' response I've got five
> or six (so far) dating spam. All of them coming from two emails:
> Kristina Oliynik <kristinaoliynik604324 at kw.taluss.com> and
> Samantha Smith <samanthasmith317260 at kw.fefty.com>.
Well, that's the current ones for you. They change over time,
and in my experience you get about 10--20 (about once per hour;
on purpose not exactly every 60 minutes) and then it stops.
I've replied to the thread "Hacked" on R-help yesterday:
This has started ca 2 weeks ago on R-help already, and today
we've learned that even R-SIG-Mixed-Models is affected.
I think I don't see them anymore at all because my spam filters have adapted.
1. This is *NOT* from regular mailing list subscribers, and none
of these spam come via the R mailing list servers.
2. It's still a huge pain and disreputable to the R lists of course.
3. I had hoped we could wait and see it go away, but I may be wrong.
4. We have re-started discussing what could be done.
One drastic measure would make mailing list usage
*less* attractive by "munging" all poster's e-mail addresses.
For now use your mail providers spam filters to quickly get rid
of this. .. or more interestingly and clearly less legally: use R to
write "mail bombs". Write an R function sending ca 10 e-mails per
hour randomly to that address ... ;-) I did something like
that (with a shell script, not R) at the end of last millennium
when I was younger and the internet was a much much smaller
space than now...
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