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Blacklisting the headhunters

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Today I received more spam from a low-rent headhunter, but this time there was a twist. The message had all the receipients listed in the CC field of the message instead of the BCC field. All 2547 of them.

So now I have the email addresses of everybody who belongs to this spammer network. A quick regex search and replace yielded a SpamAssassin blacklist of all the email addresses belonging to these creatures.

So if you happen to get this type of spam, grab my blacklist. I sure hope the spambots don’t get a hold of that list of emails. That would be a shame.

Update: It looks like many of the people on that list are spam recipients instead of spammers. I’ve removed the blacklist, since that will take less time than handling all the remove requests.

Adam Kalsey
April 10, 2003 2:01 PM

I've now gotten about 10 messages from people who are replying to all and asking to be removed from the lists. Apparently I'm not the only one who is getting this garbage. The question is, now will I get 2500 copies of "please remove" messages? That reminds me... Brad Choate pointed out to me that many of the people cc'd on that email are likely victims of the spammers rather than spammers themselves. Since these people are innocent, publishing their names on the blacklist is probably a bad thing. So, if you think you shouldn't be on that blacklist, let me know at and I'll take you off.

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