Since many years I have received lots of junk mail via e-mail.
First I thought "Gee, this is not very nice", so I tried to reply to
this message. This did NOT work. A few days later there were two more
letters about some business in New Mexico. This time I tried harder and
managed to find the machine were the message originated from. The
machine was disconnected from all services like mail, finger and all
other goodies you can try, to find out who was working on that machine.
All failed. I had the impression that these guys planned this so I gave
up. Until again I got five new messages. This time I was reading the
manual page of the mail filter system, but I was intrigued. The message
said "if you do not want to receive any more mail, then send a message
to the following address ...". I did, and got an interesting mail back.
It turns out that mail is send from innocent accounts that were broken
into. The person responsible was a guy called Jeff Slanton aka the Spam
King. He is making money sending junkmail using hacked user accounts.
This must be stopped. We must keep the Net nice and tidy. If you have
had this junkmail as well, or if you have friends who have had these
messages, please tell them the real reason about what has happened.
This document was last updated on 26/02/96