[tor-relays] Jerk spammers on tor-relays (was Re: Fwd: Tor Guard Relay)

Keifer Bly keifer.bly at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 22:07:48 UTC 2018

Dang. I stopped getting them for a while due to the SPAM filter I
configured in Gmail, however they are now coming through again. These
spammers are trying to be smart by sending these spam messages from
different domains; they are now coming from
scarlettsofia710182 at it.argmx.com

Anyone else  getting these?


On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 10:38 PM Roger Dingledine <arma at mit.edu> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 09, 2018 at 06:21:16PM -0700, Keifer Bly wrote:
> > However, is there a way we can ban email addresses from the relay
> operators list? It seems like removing the email addresses that have been
> sending these from the list might be a good idea, if that is possible.
> Yes, it is easy to unsubscribe people, and to prevent them from
> subscribing.
> But, which addresses shall we unsubscribe? The spammer addresses are
> not subscribed (I checked). They're likely subscribed as something else,
> and then sending spam in response to the mails they get.
> Maybe there is a mailman module that lets you send a different watermarked
> mail to each subscriber, or to send mails out with different timing
> patterns to do a binary search over the list, in order to discover which
> addresses are triggering the spam? But I don't know of an easy way to
> do it.
> Also, I hear from at least one person that some tor-dev subscribers are
> getting spams too. :(
> As for motivation, my general assumption is not that it's a targeted
> attack because we are Tor (or even that they particularly know or care
> what Tor is), but rather that the Internet has been turning into a giant
> mass of spam, and this event is just another step in that direction.
> Consider it a variant of the "never attribute to malice that which can
> be adequately explained by..." sayings.
> Sorry for the troubles,
> --Roger
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