Spam on birding-aus

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Spam on birding-aus
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 10:05:53 +1000
Bill Stent wrote:
I don't believe this is so.  If the mailing list (that is, the
individual addresses on the list) had been harvested, those who post,
including me, would be getting spam individually.  While I do get some
spam, I'm not getting the same set that I receive through B-A.  What is
happening is the m("","birding-aus");"> adress has made it onto some
spam lists, not the individual addresses.


Hi Bill et al.

I'm afraid you might be mistaken Bill (and lucky!).  I recently, and inadvertantly, conducted a live experiment on Birding-Aus. 

Normally I mail BA from work, and I receive lots of spam - much of which I attribute (without much evidence) to spammers harvesting addresses from BA - probably from the archive(s) - the ISP's filter and my Thunderbird e-mail package filter out just about all of it.

A few weeks ago I e-mailed BA from my relatively new home account - where since opening it in January I've had no spam at all - the address hasn't gone out on to mailing lists or mail archives.  Within about 2 days of mailing to BA, I started to receive spam at home.  It's hardly a completely watertight methodology!!! ... but enough to convince me that spammers harvest individual addresses from the BA archives.

I can't explain the inconsistency of experience between Bill and me.


Lawrie Conole
Principal Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia
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