RE: virus: FW: The Webs Most Well Kept Secret

MarXidad (
Wed, 31 Dec 1997 05:11:13 -0500

> My point was that memetic rules can be generated to make SPAM
> palatable.

That would take some serious memetic engineering, and arguably beyond the
capabilities of anyone on this list. I don't think Spam could ever be
palatable. Trial-and-error-type testing of any scheme would be too risky,
too. A lot of people, albeit a relatively small percentage, have strong
anti-Spam memes and having CoV (or <CoV>) associated with that wouldn't be
good. Nor would it be good to be added to anyone's killfile, or any other
Spam filter. I wouldn't have replied if I didn't feel strongly against it

> does anyone have any idea how one's name winds up on
> the spam lists? This is the first spam I've received since
> I quit posting to news groups a couple of years ago.

There are a number of ways. The easiest way is for a bot to comb through
newsgroups, picking up anything that matches the search string *@*.com. That
brought about the convention of adding "nospam" or something similar to
e-mail addresses when posting to a newsgroup, so that the address would be
invalid. Someone can also get a hold of subscriber lists from various
mailing lists, such as this one. It can be easy as joining the list, and
then requesting the addresses from the listserv. Another way you can wind up
on a spammer's list if they somehow got it from a company that records and
keeps online registrations of any sort. AOL is one of them.

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