On Mar 30, 2017, at 1:03, Nicholas Tobiason <email@example.com> wrote:
> Now how in the world it scraped these random email addresses to spam you is beyond me but still a research in progress.
> Sorry for the inconvenience. Work in progress
No apologies needed -- you obviously were not at fault; this was a targeted drive-by "hit" job that just so happened to take place in front of your place of business. :-)
As others have observed, spammers and hackers (criminals) are getting more creative and determined.
The logic required to scrape a mailbox and associate recipient email addresses with listservs isn't that tall of an order, but I'd expect that someone had to think for a while to code up something to figure out how to grab my email address, group it, and make it look like an email from a different, third-party mail list.
I'm just curious what the other emails that anyone else received (like the one John Stortz received) looked like -- specifically, the recipient list on the received message. It would be interesting if the spammer/hacker grouped email addresses (e.g. all the folks on the CRTech list who use a "@gmail.com" address got a single message group-addressed to every gmail user who's not he CRTech list) together the way that mine was.
<Sigh> ... But the reality is that even if we did determine a correlation, it wouldn't really accomplish anything nor give us a better defense against spam. (I'm concluding that means it's not worth much more time to investigate.)
So, we must simply continue to pay lots of attention to everything we receive.
No slacking in Cyberspace!