2 Oct 2001 vorlon   » (Master)

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, either!

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