May 15, 2005

Spamwurst

Yup, me too:

My Gmail account is being swamped by hundreds of German spam mails today literally hundreds of them, un-filtered in my inbox.
Even my job's reporting getting them, which means I get 30 emails from supervisors a day begging employees not to open 'em, not to read 'em, and for pity's sake not to call the help desk about 'em. On the home front, I'm getting them sent not to my public email address, but to the one I guard like Fort Knox. Years of vigilance down the drain like so much spoilt sauerbraten.

It's irksome, having to delete them all. Look, German rightwingers: I don't care. You've got pet issues you want to ramble about?

Get a weblog.

Posted by Ilyka at May 15, 2005 03:14 PM in hell is other people
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yup. me too. Twenty some-odd in my Gmail.

Posted by: caltechgirl at May 15, 2005 03:19 PM

with the inexorable advance of time, email addresses seem to just pile up. there are the dead, the neglected, the old blog host, the new, the gmail, the anonymous and the secret. all of them get spam. it is as though the purveyors of email addresses are selling them direct to the spammers.

Posted by: rammer at May 16, 2005 12:43 AM

It's not just gmail. My Yahoo account (which I only use for IM) is overwhelmed, too.

I had ten: "Dresden is to be regretted enormously".

Well sure. But does it have to be in my email?

Posted by: Helen at May 16, 2005 04:23 PM

[looks around and whispers] I haven't gotten any yet [knocks wood] Now watch, I'll get a ton of it tomorrow :)

Posted by: Ith at May 17, 2005 12:19 AM

It's not necessarily "German rightwingers", but one virus-writing asshole, who got addresses from the addressbooks of every machine infected with the virus.

Odds are that most or all of the people the spam links to know nothing about the spammer, and might well wish he'd never associated them with his spam - after all, political activists (even far-right Germans, who I'm not inclined to like) want converts, not to annoy random people and piss them all off.

Posted by: Sigivald at May 17, 2005 10:49 PM