Spam: Invitation to join Ryze.com (2004-02-24)
On 2004-02-24 I received an invitation from a person I never heard of to join Ryze.com, a service I had never heard of either. Apparently it is a business networking tool created by engineers who wrote Napster, the file sharing tool. A quick search for phrases used in the invitation mail showed that someone had tried to invite several open source software mailing lists to join this service, including the "debian-devel" mailing list. This typically happens when someone uses address harvesting software to scan websites for any and all email addresses mentioned in them and then uses software to send bulk email to all those addresses. In this case however, it appears the invitation comes from the Ryze.com server. Does that mean that Ryze itself is spamming to get lots of subscribers quickly? I sure would like to know.
Return-path: <email@example.com> Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: from colander (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by boggle.pobox.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id A08EE470CE for <email@example.com>; Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:12:57 -0500 (EST) Received: from alpha.ryze.com (alpha.ryze.com [18.104.22.168]) by boggle.pobox.com (Postfix) with ESMTP for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:12:56 -0500 (EST) Received: from ryze.com (ryze.com [22.214.171.124]) by alpha.ryze.com (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id i1NN9sbw001714 for <email@example.com>; Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:09:54 -0500 Received: from ryze.com (ryze.com [126.96.36.199] (may be forged)) by ryze.com (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id i1NND0WV002152 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:13:00 -0500 Received: (from ryzeadmin@localhost) by ryze.com (8.12.11/8.12.11/Submit) id i1NND0pi002151; Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:13:00 -0500 Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:13:00 -0500 Message-Id: <200402232313.i1NND0pi002151@ryze.com> To: email@example.com Subject: personal invite -- Ryze business networking From: Sholom Sandalow` <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sholom has invited you to join Sholom's personal and private network on Ryze. To view the invite, click on: http://www.ryze.com/in/gmFeGdeqPgpJ5RM0SY Ryze is a networking service that helps people grow their careers, businesses and lives. * meet entrepreneurs, CEOs and other neat people through your existing friends and contacts * get expert advice and contacts through special networks focused on your interests and industry * get your own networking-oriented home page * keep in touch with your friends and keep track of their birthdays http://www.ryze.com/in/gmFeGdeqPgpJ5RM0SY
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