My fault or just Spam

Aaron Peterson aaron at
Wed Feb 18 12:06:07 PST 2004

unfortunately, it's likely it's your fault for using email, hehe...  at
least one of the recent windows viruses steals addresses from the address
books of infected machines and sends out mail to/from those addresses. 
It's likely that someone that had your address in their address book was
infected and your email address got abused as a result.  i have definitely
felt the pain of that over the last month, as i'm sure many others have. 
i can't even avoid the pain of using windows by not using windows anymore.
 i have to convince everyone i know not to use windows :)


> I've fairly recently setup a mail server to:
> 1) learn about email and server configurations and all that goes along
> with administrating it.
> 2) And being able to recieve loads of email from freebsd-questions without
> fear of restriction on any other account (i.e. loss of email that I want
> to save).
> Anyhow, within the month that I've had my server running I've been
> recieving numerous emails that are obviously malicious to Windows users
> (i.e. contain an attachment with some random-letters.exe and nonsense
> about a patch). In short my concern is not that me or my wife will run
> this, sense we don't use Windows, but whether these emails are just spam
> or if it is my fault.
> If said emails are just spam, fine. Not to say that I like spam but it
> gives me a reason to learn how to setup a spam filter and/or tarpit. The
> reason I worry that it's not just spam is that there are only 2 accounts,
> mine and my wifes, and she doesn't use her's except to email me and I've
> only used mine to setup freebsd-questions and email her. So why would I be
> getting spam? So then I think maybe it's my fault.
> What I mean by my fault is, is my machine being used to relay spam and
> then I am getting bounces from the poor people recieve this crap? I really
> would hate for this to be the case. Even if said emails are not my fault
> how do I assure that I am not relaying spam unbeknown to me?
> This is a sample header from one such email. Now I'm not too sure how to
> take this.
> Return-Path: <johnny at>
> Received: from ([unix socket])
>      by (Cyrus v2.2.3) with LMTP; Tue, 17 Feb 2004
> 16:06:23 -0600
> X-Sieve: CMU Sieve 2.2
> Received: from (unknown [])
>      by (Postfix) with ESMTP id B2194450F2
>      for <luke at>; Tue, 17 Feb 2004 16:06:21 -0600 (CST)
> Received: from qexstrg (jp [])
>      by (8.12.10/8.12.10) with SMTP id i1HLwZHp022746;
>      Tue, 17 Feb 2004 17:58:36 -0400
> Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 17:58:35 -0400
> Message-Id: <200402172158.i1HLwZHp022746 at>
> From: "Technical Bulletin" <arvbsichaqsbax at>
> To: "MS User" <njcs-hgoerlo at>
> SUBJECT: Newest Microsoft Patch
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="bicnhrvs"
> My configuration is FreeBSD 5.2.1, Postfix + Cyrus
> Thanks for any help,
> Luke
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