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I'd like to apologize to Smiles for hi-jacking his post, but this is the only way I can get a notice in-line here. I've tried to make it clear where my note ends and his post begins.
I'd also like to give you a summary of events, but encourage you to read through the thread if that summary leaves you with more questions about the history of what took place. This topic is closed for discussion because, quite frankly, it degraded from "pertinent and useful inquiry" into "cyclical, annoying bickering". So, without any further delay, the summary of events is as follows:
MacHeist previously used the services of a company called iContact who provided bulk emailing management. At some point, they decided to handle that problem "in-house" and discontinued those services. However (and this is where the nefarious bits begin) a couple of untoward things happened:
1) iContact did not remove MacHeist customer information from their servers.
2) iContact experienced a "data leak" (ostensibly, they were hacked and customer data was stolen).
At this point, you might be asking what can be done to reverse this. Unfortunately, not much. The information (namely, email addresses) is out, and as they say, "You can't un-ring a bell." There isn't really a way for MacHeist or even iContact to stop the spam from coming. My personal advice would be to employ spam filters and/or contact your ISP to report spam. Essentially, the typical means for doing so.
I wish I had a better answer to all of this. We understand it's a terribly inconvenience and apologize on the behalf of that company for their negligence. If I have any further updates to add, I'll do so here - but I hope, at the very least, this explains the problem more clearly.
Josh (aka "JPDyson").
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This morning, I received seven (7!) targeted spams to seven e-mail addresses that I've used solely through MacHeist (starting with MH1). They were all Apple-related, but all came from some botnet.
I believe MacHeist's address lists have been purloined. It's possible that all the separate e-mail addresses (for separate companies) were listed through some middleman; I can't say for sure. But the one thing they all had in common was MacHeist.
Sources: 1Password, Ambrosia Software, AppZapper, Boinx, CoverSutra, Delicious Monster, and Embraceware.
Now also: FotoMagico, Freeverse, Macromates, MidnightApps, RealMacSoftware, and MacHeist.
Total: 13, minimum.
Orange you glad you read this?