Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

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Rob Crow
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Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby Rob Crow » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:54 pm

I set up an email address specific to LSAC. My LSAC account is the only place I ever it.

I'm now receiving spam (Viagra, itunes gift cards, etc) to that account.

Anybody else experiencing this? It might be hard to track if you didn't have a system set up like mine, but recent two subject lines include:

"Only in our Casino USA&EU Players are welcome !!!Bonus 350$
"Pharmacy------------Online !!!

(both sent in the last 48 hours).

It seems as though either a school who is renting the list or else LSAC itself has either been hacked or has had their list sold.

LSAC had no response when I forwarded it to their customer service email address.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:01 pm

Is it like MSN/Yahoo/Gmail or a thirdparty domain?

Some spammers can crawl not-so-well protected domains to find user directories to identity email addresses.

Yet others just systematically auto generate combinations to send out email, without actually knowing if the address is valid.

If your new email is like XgeUs3Dw12DafE9@gmail.com then I say LSAC is the one that leaked your email.

if your new email is like robcrow22915@gmail.com I say spammer generated your email.

Once the email doesn't bounce, it is then validated as a valid address and spammers share lists so you should expect to get more spam.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby cheesus » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:04 pm

It's funny that you mention that, because I have been getting a lot of similar spam since signing up for LSAC. Prior to that I barely ever received any.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby stratocophic » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:05 pm

I never received spam (literally not one email) until recently. I'd been wondering what changed; it would appear the LSAC is the culprit :evil:

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby CyLaw » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:06 pm

r6_philly wrote:Is it like MSN/Yahoo/Gmail or a thirdparty domain?

Some spammers can crawl not-so-well protected domains to find user directories to identity email addresses.

Yet others just systematically auto generate combinations to send out email, without actually knowing if the address is valid.

If your new email is like XgeUs3Dw12DafE9@gmail.com then I say LSAC is the one that leaked your email.

if your new email is like robcrow22915@gmail.com I say spammer generated your email.

Once the email doesn't bounce, it is then validated as a valid address and spammers share lists so you should expect to get more spam.


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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby Sauer Grapes » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:08 pm

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:09 pm

you guys are making causal conclusion out of possible coincidents. SPAM technology develops rapidly, and recently some spam has been able to compromise server filters better. I receive over 10000 SPAM per day on all the domains I administer. My users rarely see any, they usually get filtered/blocked at the server but quite a few sneaks through regularly. They change their tactics and servers so it's always a losing batter.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:10 pm

Sauer Grapes wrote:Other than TTT schools emailing me frequently, I haven't received any other spam on my LSAC address.


I was surprised to get one from William and Mary, and it landed in the SPAM filter initially lol

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby Rob Crow » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:11 pm

CyLaw wrote:
r6_philly wrote:Is it like MSN/Yahoo/Gmail or a thirdparty domain?

Some spammers can crawl not-so-well protected domains to find user directories to identity email addresses.

Yet others just systematically auto generate combinations to send out email, without actually knowing if the address is valid.

If your new email is like XgeUs3Dw12DafE9@gmail.com then I say LSAC is the one that leaked your email.

if your new email is like robcrow22915@gmail.com I say spammer generated your email.

Once the email doesn't bounce, it is then validated as a valid address and spammers share lists so you should expect to get more spam.


TITCR


In this case, the email address is at my own, private domain, and the username was fairly unique.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:19 pm

Rob Crow wrote:
In this case, the email address is at my own, private domain, and the username was fairly unique.


When you create the address, does it create a public directory that can be crawled? Usually like /usr/.../home/html or something similar.

What's fairly unique? If you try it out on a password strength test would it be a strong password (upper, lower case, numbers, no valid words)?

I know some spammers find a domain and brute force combinations all day. I look at the spam I get and they are doing just that using dictionary lists and I know they crawl my folders because if I set one up give it a week or so I get spam. It is harder to ban originating servers now they just spoof or proxy their mail servers or use botnets with authentic non-spam ips.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:25 pm

Yo Rob, I love your records (especially the new Pinback). Let's hang out again next time I come through SD.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby rx3r » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:05 pm

I've been having this problem too. :?

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby scottstot » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:09 pm

Now that you mention it, my spam folder has been packed full of "pharmaceutical" advertisments lately and I never got them before.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby richardfitzwell » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:12 pm

Rob Crow wrote:I set up an email address specific to LSAC. My LSAC account is the only place I ever it.

I'm now receiving spam (Viagra, itunes gift cards, etc) to that account.

Anybody else experiencing this? It might be hard to track if you didn't have a system set up like mine, but recent two subject lines include:

"Only in our Casino USA&EU Players are welcome !!!Bonus 350$
"Pharmacy------------Online !!!

(both sent in the last 48 hours).

It seems as though either a school who is renting the list or else LSAC itself has either been hacked or has had their list sold.

LSAC had no response when I forwarded it to their customer service email address.



Stop looking at PORN! most likely a keyloger.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby rolark » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:16 pm

I have several accounts (one for personal stuff, one for registering to things online, etc.), and I gave LSAC my personal one. Very recently, I started getting spam for the first time after several years with the address. It looks like it's for the same things you're getting.

Yes, this could just be coincidence, but there's also a chance it's not.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby richardfitzwell » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:19 pm

rolark wrote:I have several accounts (one for personal stuff, one for registering to things online, etc.), and I gave LSAC my personal one. Very recently, I started getting spam for the first time after several years with the address. It looks like it's for the same things you're getting.

Yes, this could just be coincidence, but there's also a chance it's not.



it could be that a law school was hacked/careless/etc that had all of your email addresses and its totally independent of LSAC too.

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Re: Spam being sent to my LSAC email address

Postby maks25 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:18 pm

If you call mail from Cooley spam, then yes.




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