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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Saw the following solution in a communications of the ACM a few years back. (Keep plugging SpamAssassin, Matt; I'm sure I'll try it before I try this.)

    You set up multiple valid email addresses of the form userid-\d\d\d\d\d\d@example.com . You can set up an alias for your friends, an alias for each mailing list your on, and so on. When you need to sign up for something and have a password mailed to you, you temporarily activate an alias. When one account gets discovered and you start getting hammered w

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    • What happens if, say, one of your friends sends a message both to you and a mailing list that's archived on the web somewhere, causing a spamtrawler to pick up your "friends" address.

      Are you going to dump that address as well and replace it by one with a different number? Because that would entail informing all your friends to "please send to jxb-2001 instead of jxb-1701 from now on".

      Or if your mailing list address is compromised -- you'll have to keep track of which lists you were subscribed to *with that address* so that you can unsubscribe from all of them and re-subscribe with the replacement address. Won't you?
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      • Are you going to dump that address as well and replace it by one with a different number? Because that would entail informing all your friends to "please send to jxb-2001 instead of jxb-1701 from now on".

        Yeah, that's the general idea. I didn't say it was the best of options, just an interesting one.

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