Viral address harvesting

Previously, we talked about people who don't get spam because their email address isn't known by spammers. The bad news is, this is changing.

If you're feeling smug because you're one of these fortunate people,
get ready to join the rest of us. Spammers may not know your address
yet, but your friends, colleagues, and business partners may be
unwittingly leaking it.

Up until recently, viruses would use an infected user's address book
to spread itself through email. Now, viruses are spamming from those
address books; there's nothing to stop them reporting your address
back to the spammer. Spammers can then use your address for all their
future spampaigns (spam campaigns).

Those fortunate users who don't get much spam today should prepare to
receive more spam in future.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 16, 2004 at 3:07 AM | Permalink

    It’s a fair bet that the latest Zafi.D exhibits this “harvesting and reporting back” behavior.

One Trackback

  1. By Anonymous on December 16, 2004 at 7:33 AM

    Viral address harvesting=Richi’blog

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