One word: FAQ
At 02:39 p.m. 05/13/98 -0400, Jim Reisert wrote:
>This is the first I've heard of it. Anyone know any details?
>Thanks - Jim
>>Subject: SPAM sent to BARC mailing lists
>>Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 08:05:45 -0700 (PDT)
>>Message from firstname.lastname@example.org, maintainer, BARC lists.
>>As you all know, we had a bit of spam go out over the lists last night.
>>Recently, one of the developers of spamming software discovered a bug
>>in Majordomo (the program that manages the mailing list) that allows
>>junk mail to go out regardless of restrictions placed on the list.
>>I have these comments about this incident:
>>- No, I did not send the spam. Because of the method used to inject the
>> junk, it appears to have come from the list owner. Rest assured, I am
>> very anti-spam. There is no need to flame me about it.
>>- I am subscribed to all of my lists. Yes, I did see it, and no, you don't
>> need to forward me a copy with "did you see this" or "what is this"
>>- I already have enough copies of vmunix and /usr/dict/words. Mailbombing
>> me will only get you in trouble with your own system administrators.
>>- It is very difficult to get Netcom to upgrade software. Even if this bug
>> is fixed in newer versions of Majordomo, we are stuck with this one. I
>> am trying to get Majordomo up on barc.eli.com, but between moving, getting
>> married, and trying to find someone else to be president of BARC, I am
>> a bit short on free time :-)
>>- This problem has already ruined newsline-list. I now have to manually
>> push thru every copy of Newsline, and must do it at night (so I don't
>> overload the 56K pipe of the guys donating network space to us)
>>- Right now, I will treat this incident as a one-time event. I will look
>> into how I can secure things better, but with Netcom's past history, I'm
>> not holding my breath.
>>- If this spamming continues, I will just shut down the lists. I do not
>> have the time or patience to fight this battle. It is a shame to see
>> such useful services destroyed by the action of a few idiots, but
>> that seems to be the way the internet is going.
>>- I am sending this message to all the affected lists. If you are subscribed
>> to more than one, you will get multiple copies. Sorry.
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