The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0208 Friday, 24 March 2006
Date: Friday, March 24, 2006
Subject: SPOOF!! Will You Be My Valentine? SPOOF!!
Many of you have been receiving a SPOOFED message with the Subject line
that reads "Will You Be My Valentine?" The message itself has various
sized hearts on a pink background with a "Click to attachment to load a
picture" above a box and followed by what appears to be a poem.
Let me reassure you that I did not send you this message nor has the new
SHAKSPER server or listserv software been compromised in any way.
The message is a result of our archives being "harvested" by a spoofer's
robot. Eric writes me that "Obfuscating email addresses is the only way
to stop spoofers, but it is a major task" and "I'm not sure what we can
do about this. The best way would be to restrict access to the archive.
That would keep robots from harvesting. Otherwise, we'd have to
figure out a way to obfuscate all of the addresses, and there is no
guarantee that someone won't figure out how to get around whatever
method we employ. A changeable encryption key used to obfuscate
programming and web re-design. There are easier methods to deploy, but
most robots can already defeat them."
Eric and I will continue to think about what we may do to stop future
incidents, but unfortunately spoofing is one of the by-products of using
As for general operating procedures, I would never send members anything
that is not list related; so if something you received appears
suspicious, delete it immediately without reading or opening it.
Especially stay away from any attachments to any message that is not
from a person you trust in a message you are expecting.
All digests from me will have the From line that reads "Hardy M. Cook
listserv as a result of a command I issued in your behalf; on those
occasions, the From line will read "SHAKSPER LISTSERV Server (14.4)
files; so if you receive a message purportedly from me or listserv that
is formatted in HTML, delete it immediately.
away that something in not right.
Hardy M. Cook
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