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Re: [Admin] Moderated newsgroup forged posts

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  • Subject: [mg53506] Re: [mg53472] [Admin] Moderated newsgroup forged posts
  • From: "Blimbaum, Jerry AA R22" <jerry.blimbaum at>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 01:44:05 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

[If you are getting spam email, these are NOT coming from new
 newsgroup or mailing list.  Some spammers go through newsgroups
 looking for email addresses and then send spam to those addresses.
 The only way to avoid this is by never having your real email
 address in a post or have a very good spam filter.  But more
 likely is that there are users who have viruses/worms on
 their Windows machines along with posts they have saved from
 the mailing list or newsgroup.   If your address is among these,
 you will get spam from someone who reads the group and they
 may not know about it.  There is nothing I can do but encourage
 people to make sure their PCs are not infected and that everyone
 use a good spam filter.  If your posts on the Google groups
 have some spam connected with them and you want this corrected,
 you willl have to work with Google to get these removed - moderator]

Does that mean that every individual post has to be identified to
Google?   I'm not getting them here at work but I am getting 2 to 4 each
day from different sources.....and needless to say it's quite

Jerry  blimbaum

-----Original Message-----
From: steve at [mailto:steve at] 
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg53506] [mg53472] [Admin] Moderated newsgroup forged posts

As I mentioned in an earlier message, some messages in the Google group
that corresponds to comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica have had some
so-called forged posts.    Some of you will notice weird posts
in the newsgroup that have nothing to do with Mathematica.  I contacted
the Google support people and the have responded with the message

If you want to bother with removing any post that are connected with
your posts, contact groups-support at

Steve Christensen

Thank you for your note. We apologize for our delay in responding to
your email.

The problem you are describing sounds like part of an attack that was
made on several groups during the last two weeks of December. The poster
used a news service that allowed (or was vulnerable to) altering the
headers of his posts. He faked email addresses, message IDs, and
approval headers for moderated groups. 

We can remove the forged posts from our archives if your members who
actually own those email addresses request it.

The Google Team

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