I consider it somewhat ironic that it's not until Slashdot
becomes unusable for posting of stories that I post my first
diary entry, even though I generally consider Advogato to
have a much higher S/N ratio. ;)
I received the following spam email today, which I
thought I might share with the group...
MONTREAL, QC - October 02, 2001 -- OpenNA Inc.,
Leaders in totally secured, totally optimized, ready to use
Linux solutions, announce today the availability of
"Securing & Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution", the
latest version and the successor to our very popular
"Securing and Optimizing Linux: Red Hat Edition".
The latest release includes the new 2.4 kernel with
IPTABLES NetFilter, Samba, BIND9, Sendmail, Qmail, IMAP,
PostgreSQL, MySQL, OpenLDAP, Apache, with SSL support and
many more topics like chroot jail environment for the
majority of all important services under Linux OS. The new
edition takes into account the feedback we received on the
original book and is a complete rewrite from scratch. You
can also get RPM packages of discuted topics in the book via
the OpenNA website.
Pricing (in $ USD) and Availability for Securing &
Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution
Pricing: $49.50 USD.
Now why, I think to myself, would I want to pay $50 to
have a spammer tell me all about technologies that I've personally hacked on?
But the real gem is this bit that appears at the bottom
of the Spam:
Openna-news mailing list
Aha! They're using GNU mailman!
Well, that gives me an easy solution, I'll just bop on over
to their webpage and unsubscribe myself, hurray for Mailman!
...but no. These despicable spammers have ripped out all
but the "important" mailman cronjobs; my emails to
openna-news-request fall on deaf queues, and though I click
on the 'email my password to me' button, it never arrives in
my mailbox. Oh, but the mailing list definitely knows that
I'm subscribed to it...
So not only are they spamming about Open Source,
they're using GNU software to send the spam —
carefully modified in the spirit of Free Software to render
their victims helpless.
So I do the only thing I can do — I qvetch about it
here. That, and I set up a script to repeatedly request my
password from their list server. Hey, if they don't want me
to push that button, they shouldn't have it there, right?
Openna, if you're reading: TAKE ME OFF YOUR
MAILING LIST! It's not acceptable when the other
guys do it, and it's not acceptable when Linux people do it,