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tegeril

tegeril

Gearhead

from Boston, MA
86 posts

phillryu wrote:

Hey, one request to you guys reporting in: can you edit your posts to confirm that the email you found is this one? And if not, can note that as well?

http://img.skitch.com/20100415-fq54h2qd … 8y14gs.jpg

We have set up a backend tool now to help keep track of reports / make it easier for us to find any patterns, so I'll be entering you guys in, but I'd also like to keep track of who's received this particular spam email in particular as it seems to be the most recent one and very targeted.

Thanks everyone for the reports so far…

I received this email.

-Aaron

April 18, 2010 4:03 am
buffman

buffman

Automaton Tech

from Snyder, NY
156 posts

Nothing here, at least not yet.

If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard! - Gen Buck Turgidson     GO ORANGE!

April 18, 2010 2:11 pm

franton

Urchin

2 posts

I got the emails and I'm now getting generic spam in my email. Three years spam free ... sigh.

April 18, 2010 2:56 pm
rpcohen

rpcohen

Automaton Tech

from Baltimore, MD
486 posts

I received the spam from the earlier iContact breach but none from this latest round.  I didn't purchase the most recent Nanoheist bundle so maybe that has something to do with it?

April 18, 2010 4:17 pm
soushiruiuma

soushiruiuma

Big Game Hunter

from Switzerland
579 posts

Confirming that spam I got was the one pictured in phill's post. The subject of mine was: Need good price? Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium. Which does not seem to be the same subject as others have received. Mine was also sent from a hotmail account.

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April 19, 2010 2:21 am
tegeril

tegeril

Gearhead

from Boston, MA
86 posts

Well, my trust has been lost now...

-Aaron

April 19, 2010 5:43 am
allyorbase

allyorbase

Automaton Tech

from Honduras
178 posts

Got it, just like phils, I haven't had spam in 2 years...... Sigh......

And we're back!

April 19, 2010 12:42 pm

DJLanglois

Tinkerer

12 posts

Just received it myself.  Ugh.  I've always done so well at protecting against spam.  This sucks.

April 20, 2010 11:56 pm
identitylab

identitylab

Tinkerer

30 posts

Got them too.

April 21, 2010 4:44 am
Braviojk

Braviojk

Automaton Tech

from Brazil
248 posts

I've also got the one Phil posted, on both emails I used during MacHeist related events..

“For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be”

April 21, 2010 11:51 pm
extzed

extzed

Gearhead

from Toledo, OH
50 posts

I got one of like the one that Phil posted about

Go Team Green!

April 22, 2010 12:12 pm
SDWgraphics

SDWgraphics

Gearhead

from NJ, USA
80 posts

Reading the posts, I thought I should mention that:

1. I did NOT get the free nanobundle (missed it) yikes(

2. I also did NOT get any spam

So, that may very well be the link you're looking for. Good luck everyone.

If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me @SanFran876

April 22, 2010 9:14 pm
paradime

paradime

Automaton Tech

470 posts

I wonder how many people here who are receiving spam also signed up for one of the many software giveaways features in the "Deals Around the Web" forum?

After all, people aren't doing these giveaways for no reason, they're collecting e-mail addresses, Twitter and Facebook accounts, etc. Giving away a few apps is a small price to pay for this information.

As mentioned previously, I got the nanobundle and haven't receive the mentioned span so I don't believe it's related to MacHeist or the participating developers specifically. Either that or my spam filtering did such a great job, I never saw it.

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
- Akira Kurosawa

April 24, 2010 3:50 pm

jaydisc

Urchin

5 posts

I got the same email Phil posted and the email address i used was EXCLUSIVELY given to MacHeist (macheist.com-at-mydomain.com), so no possible mixup with "Deals Around the Web"

April 25, 2010 3:49 am

pj.g

Urchin

1 posts

I've got a mac heist specific addresses as well and starting on about April 6th I began receiving spam mail to that address for pharmacy related products.

April 25, 2010 5:11 pm
neil95

neil95

Automaton Tech

496 posts

Am I the only one not receiving spam? Wow. I'm lucky.

April 25, 2010 5:24 pm
Miah

Miah

Moderator

3,686 posts

No, you're not the only one. I'm not receiving spam either. Not on the account that I used for MacHeist, that is to say.

䷟䷽䷏䷁ — Dying of the Light.

April 25, 2010 7:03 pm
iphonepro

iphonepro

Urchin

4 posts

pj.g wrote:

I've got a mac heist specific addresses as well and starting on about April 6th I began receiving spam mail to that address for pharmacy related products.

Me too. Getting spam for pharmacy things.
I changed my email address recently, and no spam on that address. So seems this leak/bug is fixed. But my old address still gets spammed like crazy.

April 27, 2010 10:35 am
andys53

andys53

Sky Pirate

from a frog flu resistant land.
1,904 posts

Thankfully we can at least, though it's a pain, set rules to auto destruct any follow ups from the spam senders. I didn't get the infamous one but I've suddenly started getting all sorts of spam after being free for a couple of years.  sad

smile From a spam free, orange team, land smile

April 27, 2010 4:26 pm
johnnybdot

johnnybdot

Gearhead

77 posts

Has Macheist done anything about it so far? With me (and I did get the infamous one, the nanobundle page copy) it happened with one piece of software of a developer that was either in nanobundle 1 or 2?
Since you state, that the problem clearly has nothing to do with your own system, I think it would be a nice idea to contact all the developers and request official statements that they are not selling the adresses.

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April 27, 2010 5:30 pm
Galactica

Galactica

Automaton Tech

from Denmark
237 posts

April 27, 2010 7:15 pm
Smiles

Smiles

Tinkerer

from East Weston
14 posts

paradime wrote:

I wonder how many people here who are receiving spam also signed up for one of the many software giveaways features in the "Deals Around the Web" forum?

After all, people aren't doing these giveaways for no reason, they're collecting e-mail addresses, Twitter and Facebook accounts, etc. Giving away a few apps is a small price to pay for this information.

I don't sign up for those (or use a spam-prepped junk e-mail address for them).  The spam I'm receiving went to 13 separate MacHeist-only addresses.  I tried to use a different address for each different company I received software from, except for one generic MacHeist address when that wasn't possible.

I'm now getting pharmaceutical spam.  So it went from targeted spam to just garbage.  No real surprise there.

It's been a couple of weeks since I started this thread.  Has there been any determination by MacHeist as to what happened?

Orange you glad you read this?

April 29, 2010 3:51 pm

HinckleyScott

Urchin

2 posts

I have, just didn't realize it till now because my spam filtering protocols were grabbing all of it till earlier this week.
Yes, it was sent to an address created just for signing up for a macheist bundle.

June 10, 2010 1:21 am
f16332

f16332

Sky Pirate

1,135 posts

I get 9-11 spam messages per day.... This is really irritating me...

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June 10, 2010 1:35 am

shovelheadrider72

Urchin

1 posts

I received a different spam email in my Gmail hosted account that used my macheist(at) address. When I clicked the "Show Details" it was my macheist address in the "To" line but the BCC's were also shown. All of the BCC's were macheist(at) with different domains. So I doubt this is the same thing as everyone else is seeing. Just a coincidence in the timing.

June 16, 2010 7:32 pm
forevermac

forevermac

Automaton Tech

from The Interwebz
496 posts

shovelheadrider72 wrote:

I received a different spam email in my Gmail hosted account that used my macheist(at) address. When I clicked the "Show Details" it was my macheist address in the "To" line but the BCC's were also shown. All of the BCC's were macheist(at) with different domains. So I doubt this is the same thing as everyone else is seeing. Just a coincidence in the timing.

If seems they are grouping by names. I have my firstname.lastname and there were other firstname(something)@somewhere.ending.

Wow. MacHeist 4. I can't believe it's actually happening.
Unfortunately, it looks like I'm sitting this one out because of aggressive version requirements. It's been real.

June 17, 2010 1:11 am

deano

Urchin

2 posts

I've been getting the typical VIAGRA!!!! and pharma spam, but also "iTunes Gift Certificates" and "UPS INVOICE NR" messages with zip files attached (presumably something unpleasant).

Like other posters, I use an entirely unique address for MacHeist. No-one else has ever been given this address.

Ideally, I'd like to have the opportunity to specify which email addresses the vendors in the bundles are given: as things are I can't simply block the address as I normally would.

June 23, 2010 4:47 pm
Tiny Clanger

Tiny Clanger

Urchin

9 posts

I started receiving spam to the Sneakemail address I used for Macheist, so I turned off all emails in Macheist and disabled the address.

Now I'd like to put a different email address in for Macheist, and see what happens, but I can't see where to change it. When I click on my username, it just jumps to the top of the page - it looks like there should have been some Javascript attached to take me to an account page, but there's nothing there! (This is why good old HTML <a> tags beat whizzo Javascript any time :)

How can I change the email address on my account?

July 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Ivy

Ivy

Gearhead

from Europe
75 posts

Click on PROFILE and enter your new email address there.

The link is (not direct link) http://www.macheist.com/forums/profile.php?id=YOUR_ID

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July 13, 2010 3:49 pm

groovePark

Urchin

1 posts

I have.

July 13, 2010 8:27 pm

deano

Urchin

2 posts

All well and good, but I don't buy it.

I admit I was a naughty boy and invented a couple of email addresses as referrals for past offers in order to gain free wares, because I'm just not comfortable giving away the email addresses of my friends.

In my case, I provided MacHeist with a couple of "referral" email addresses that belonged to me. As before, these addresses were not given to anyone else, and I see no reason why MacHeist would have forwarded them to "partners", seeing as "they" didn't buy anything.

In any case, I receive a significant amount of spam at these addresses, which were invented purely as MacHeist referrals.

Please explain how these addresses--which were never given to anyone but MacHeist, and never used to buy a bundle (hence shouldn't have been shared with anyone)--are now receiving spam.

Please demonstrate to me why I should trust you and not send any mail addressed to MacHeist-exclusive addresses to /dev/null.

As things stand, I have no choice but to believe that you are selling email addresses to spammers.

July 13, 2010 11:13 pm

Dreaming Macaron

Urchin

2 posts

I just signed up and I left that box checked. Now, after reading this, I regret it. Where is the unsubscribe link, before I start getting anything?

November 17, 2010 1:17 am
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

This was a looong, looong, time ago. Let it die, please. This was, as I believe the thread stated, someone going in and hacking the email list.
The checkbox is for the reports of "Here's when MacHeist 4 is coming out", not for spam.
It was (to our knowledge) third-party spam.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

November 17, 2010 12:07 pm

Dreaming Macaron

Urchin

2 posts

Oh, okay. I guess I didn't pick up on that, sorry. Thanks for letting me know!

November 18, 2010 12:31 am
cypher

cypher

Automaton Tech

from UK
478 posts

darkid wrote:

This was a looong, looong, time ago. Let it die, please.

All of my various Macheist addresses have been compromised in the last few weeks, all have been to private domains so I doubt they were just lucky guesses.  I've decided enough is enough and deleted all of my macheist account related addresses now as the spam has been steadily flowing in the last few weeks. 

Is their anyway to add new addresses to my Macheist accounts? 

edit
(I've found it for the forums and changed it now)

December 4, 2010 3:20 pm

jdkullmann

Urchin

1 posts

I have only registered at macheist, not ordered anything nor 'opted in' anywhere. I too just got the spam at my macheist address. To me there are only two ways this happens - they are selling their mailing list or they got hacked and someone stole the mailing list. Oh  I guess a third would be an employee or contractor stole the list and sold it or gave it away.

Why aren't people more up in arms about this kind of conduct? Why is there not some kind of official response to this?

I'm deleting that address from my mail server and not using macheist for anything. I'm also telling my friends and mailing lists about this incident and suggesting they also stay away from macheist.

December 25, 2010 2:36 pm
Miah

Miah

Moderator

3,686 posts

jdkullmann wrote:

Why is there not some kind of official response to this?

Probably because this is the first time that we (or at least, I) have heard of it. I didn't notice this at first either because my spam filter is rather proactive about it.

I will look into it, however, though there's probably not a lot I can do about the matter.

EDIT: Also, did you by any chance participate in the Voice2 promotional? If you did, did you use Twitter or Facebook for it?

䷟䷽䷏䷁ — Dying of the Light.

December 25, 2010 10:06 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

Am i the only one who felt off by the fact that someone pops out of nowhere, says they got spammed, and then leaves? Just feels weird to me. Idk, though.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

December 28, 2010 1:50 am

Ohce

Urchin

7 posts

I just got a spam email this morning at my MacHeist email address (It's a sneakemail address and it's the only thing I've used it for). The from address is a hotmail address. The links in the email have a Mexican domain but redirect to maximumsoftwareshop-dot-com, which is in China (222.88.205.209).

December 28, 2010 6:23 pm
blue_fireball_eater

blue_fireball_eater

Moderator

from Nashville
2,748 posts

Ohce wrote:

I just got a spam email this morning at my MacHeist email address (It's a sneakemail address and it's the only thing I've used it for). The from address is a hotmail address. The links in the email have a Mexican domain but redirect to maximumsoftwareshop-dot-com, which is in China (222.88.205.209).

I got this also. Targeted at app buyers.

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December 28, 2010 6:47 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

Quick question... how "trivial" are your email addresses? Spammers have been known to send out things to loads of addresses (@yahoo, @google, etc) which follow a likely username. I.e. your name, a town, two names stuck together.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

December 29, 2010 1:44 pm

Ohce

Urchin

7 posts

I don't think a username like tj6jiqp32-at could be considered trivial. And as I said the only thing I've used it for is communication with MacHeist. This spam email was addressed to six recipients, all different domains (libero.it, swing.be, sbcglobal.net, aol.com, live.co.uk, sneakemail.com), all very different and mostly non-trivial user names.

December 29, 2010 2:32 pm
Miah

Miah

Moderator

3,686 posts

Ohce wrote:

I don't think a username like tj6jiqp32-at could be considered trivial.

General curiosity here, how long have you used that address? Could help pinpoint this.

䷟䷽䷏䷁ — Dying of the Light.

December 29, 2010 3:16 pm

Ohce

Urchin

7 posts

Miah wrote:
Ohce wrote:

I don't think a username like tj6jiqp32-at could be considered trivial.

General curiosity here, how long have you used that address? Could help pinpoint this.

It was created on 2009.11.06. In the past thirty days or so the following messages have been received at my MacHeist email address:

2010.12.07_From: Realmac Software (via MacHeist)
2010.12.15_From: Equinux (via MacHeist)
2010.12.20_From: MacHeist and tap tap tap (Get Penguins Arena Free With the Launch of Voices 2!)
2010.12.24_From: jwen_21312-at-hotmail.com [Spam]
2010.12.25_From: shraddha patel <shadz231-at-hotmail.com> [Spam]
2010.12.28_From: Mariner Software (via MacHeist)
2010.12.28_From: Rafael Mendez Sandoval <rafamendez78-at-hotmail.com> [Spam]


I've received periodic emails from Realmac, Equinux and Mariner in association with previous MacHeist bundles. The two from hotmail on 12.24 and 12.25 had embedded .jpg images, Vietnam domain (I didn't open them). So it appears the first spam I got at my MacHeist email address was on 2010.12.24.

December 30, 2010 2:17 am
Warbrain

Warbrain

Banned

from Not here.
6,979 posts

I think people have a horrible misunderstanding of what they actually agree to receive.

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December 30, 2010 2:19 am

Ohce

Urchin

7 posts

Warbrain wrote:

I think people have a horrible misunderstanding of what they actually agree to receive.

Are you suggesting that at some point I agreed to receive these spam emails? Not likely.

December 30, 2010 2:50 am
Warbrain

Warbrain

Banned

from Not here.
6,979 posts

Ohce wrote:
Warbrain wrote:

I think people have a horrible misunderstanding of what they actually agree to receive.

Are you suggesting that at some point I agreed to receive these spam emails? Not likely.

http://grab.by/87Hk

On the bundle order lookup page.

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December 30, 2010 3:16 am

Ohce

Urchin

7 posts

Warbrain wrote:
Ohce wrote:
Warbrain wrote:

I think people have a horrible misunderstanding of what they actually agree to receive.

Are you suggesting that at some point I agreed to receive these spam emails? Not likely.

<link removed since I can't post it>

On the bundle order lookup page.

You misunderstand - nowhere did I say the emails from developers were spam. I included them to show that I had received emails from them in the past but the spam is of recent origin (the ones I marked as [Spam] in previous message).

December 30, 2010 3:44 am
JPDyson

JPDyson

Moderator

3,580 posts

The truth is, you're likely receiving

a) Opt-in messages from devs, and
b) Unsolicited (SPAM) messages from scumbags

The former, you opted for. The latter is a result of scumbags (SCUM-FREAKING-BAGS) stealing your PII from a third party that MH used for mass emails.

That's the state of affairs as best I can tell. You can fix a) by going to your order lookup page (linked above) and clearing some checkboxes. The latter, well, hopefully will die off eventually (but I wouldn't hold your breath). Report/Filter/Rules/etc.

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December 30, 2010 4:47 am
Warbrain

Warbrain

Banned

from Not here.
6,979 posts

Honestly, the only way to clean up your inbox is for you to do it yourself. I used to get numerous spam messages throughout the day. You know what I did? I clicked unsubscribe in them. And guess what?! IT WORKED. My inbox is clean again.

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December 30, 2010 12:12 pm
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