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[_] spam advice

Amias Channer me at amias.net
Mon Sep 12 11:10:05 BST 2016

Hello Rob,

The best thing to do would be to completely retire the email address
and move on.

I think the best you can do is to Mail all the contacts you care about
and let them know the new address before the address becomes unusably
filtered.

Cheers
Amias

On 12 September 2016 at 10:58, Rob Jonson <rob at hobbyistsoftware.com> wrote:
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>> From the contents of my Inbox, I?m fairly sure a few years ago a backup of
>> Yahoo mail got hacked (possibly including BT ISP mail, which used Yahoo at
>> the time), and the perpetrators extracted address books. So no accounts
>> compromised, but convincing spam could be sent.
>>
>> It sounds from your description that your friend?s email address wasn?t a
>> generic @yahoo.com one though - was it a custom domain that forwarded to
>> yahoo or something? Also, are the spams being sent definitely ?from? that
>> address, or do they have the right name but a random email address in the
>> From header?
>>
>> Oliver.
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> He had his address book shared all over the sho, so there are a gazillion
> ways it could have happened. (e.g. linked in had access to his yahoo
> account, or some similar sharing).
> Either way - that horse has bolted, though it seems to be locked down now.
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> He sends from a custom domain.  Friend at HisDomain.com
> The spam definitely purports to come from Friend at HisDomain.com  I have
> received some directly myself.
> It does fail the spf checks (I have examined headers and can see rejections
> happening) - but that isn't enough to stop it appearing in inboxes.
>
> cheers,
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> Rob
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