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inGearX
3.1415 9265

join:2000-06-11
New York
reply to nklb

HOW!!! my hotmail.com mail was taken!!!

I opened a fresh new hotmail account and was extremely careful with it. Only a few of my friends had that e-mail address. And I never used it to register anywhere...

And then a few weeks afterwards I began receiving SPAM!!!

How could that be!? It might very well that someone working at hotmal.com sneaked it out!?

Thanks for helping...


nklb
Premium
join:2000-11-17
Ann Arbor, MI
kudos:2
yeah, there are so many hotmail accounts that people (spammers) run programs that spam every hotmail account (a-z, aa-zz, aaa-zzz, etc...)

This could be an interesting test. create a 3-letter hotmail account and a 7 letter account. see how long it takes each to get spam.


zzaab1

@sympatico.ca
I have a 14 character login at Hotmail that has never been spammed. The ones that are less that 7 characters have all received spam. I would attribute this to a sqequential attack as was described earlier.


nekote

join:2000-12-16
Hopkinton, MA
reply to nklb

Alternative SPAM trap

FWIW:
An alternative method, *** IF ***, you own your own domain name that has email.

Provide a unique "name" (to each and every?) contact you provide an email name. Say, amazon@mydomain.com, dslreports@mydomain.com, cnn@mydomain.com, yahoo@mydomain.com ...

Then, if email arrives from other than the original contact, you will know where the leak was.
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Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all other forms of government. - Winston Churchill


Copzilla$
Mmm... Donuts

join:2000-10-10
Friendswood, TX
I do this too. I currently have about 25 email addresses killed because of all the ass40L3 companies that sold the addresses. This would include nfl.com, mlb.com, many more. I do it exactly like you say.

The spam tips off who sold it, at which time I begin forwarding that entire email address to the CEO of the company that sold it, or the support email address.
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"Free your mind and your behind will follow" - The iBrotha


nekote

join:2000-12-16
Hopkinton, MA
Ahh, forwarding it to the CEO.

Now That's Cool!

OTOH, "an eye for an eye and pretty soon the whole world will be blind" - an email for an email ... now where's that gonna' lead? ;(
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Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all other forms of government. - Winston Churchill

gotacap

join:2001-12-22
Arlington, TX
reply to nekote
I use this method too, every time I need to fill out an e-mail address I make up one on the spot, but I take it a step further, for my personal friends I also group my e-mail messages telling different groups of my personal friends and family different addresses as well, this way if I even get spammed at one of these for some unknown reason (like if one of them fw's me a message along with dozens of other people, I HATE it when that happens) I just kill that address too and only have to tell a few friends a new address. It's a great way to keep the spam down.

In response to the replies, hmm, I never thought about fwing it back to the company that sold my e-mail address, how clever.