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ZDNet UK: Looping emails: Latest scourge of the Internet?

Mar 04, 2002, 20:10 (3 Talkback[s])
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"When Roman Drahtmuller saw the volume of complaints his company was receiving from disgruntled emailers, some of whom had suddenly received hundreds of spam emails from the same source, he knew something was wrong.

"We are in trouble," wrote the security expert, who works for Linux distributor SuSE in Germany, in a reply to the spam victims. He proceeded to explain why.

The problem was that people around the world were apparently getting spammed by SuSE and up to 20 other companies. And the victims were not getting just one spam from each company, but hundreds. To make matters worse, every time one victim sent an email reply to complain, that email was forwarded on to everybody else on the list. Far from abating the torrent of spam, each complaint merely exacerbated the problem."

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