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RE: [wp-hackers] Double Postings? Am I seeing double?

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  • Subject: RE: [wp-hackers] Double Postings? Am I seeing double?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 09:23:52 +0000
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___/ On Thu 16 Mar 2006 09:01:08 GMT, [ Les Bessant ] wrote : \___

Suspicously all the "double postings" have the following in them:

- -------------------- m2f --------------------

<snip what="junk">

- -------------------- m2f --------------------

And come from the same server - http:// <burp /> /forums/

Someone is reposting posts back to the lists!

Thankfully it seems to have stopped

Given the sporadic lag in between such posts, it would be wise to assume this was spam. It forged senders' addresses to get past moderation and used identical content for disguise. The forger was not even wise enough to strip off the appended footer. It must the price of having decent PageRank in the archives.


Given that they came in a burst, I'd say it was much more likely that a misconfigured, or temporarily malfunctioning mail server remailed them. I've seen this happen a lot when a server is used to collect mail from a POP account. Server sees that the message is addressed to an address that's not on its domain (the list address in this case) and "helpfully" sends it out again.

Often happens with a badly set up Microsoft Small Business Server. It's
great fun when the original recipients of a mailing get hundreds of copies
of the same message.

That's a possibility too, I agree.


"The problem was attributed to an improper server configuration, causing
five servers to send out more than half a million emails to Dublin
solicitors. The deluge of mail originated with a publishing company's email
marketing message, which was sent to solicitors. When some solicitors
attempted to reply to the mail, a fault in the solicitors' configuration of
Microsoft Small Business Server sent the original email to their entire
email database tens of thousands of times."

Best wishes,


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