Re: [R] UNSOLITED E_MAILS: Integrate R data-analysis projects wi

From: Doran, Harold <HDoran_at_air.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:48:55 -0400


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> From: r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org
> [mailto:r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of
> Ted.Harding_at_manchester.ac.uk
> Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 7:33 AM
> To: Gorden T Jemwa
> Cc: r-help_at_r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R] UNSOLITED E_MAILS: Integrate R data-analysis
> projects wi
>
> On 18-Mar-08 12:08:44, Gorden T Jemwa wrote:
> > Dear R Admins,
> >
> > I received an unsolicited e-mail from BlueInference as an R
> user. Does
> > it mean that R that our e-mails (and names) is sharing it's user
> > database with third parties without our consent? Or perhaps the
> > BlueInference guys are using an e-mail address miner to get our
> > contact details?
> > [SNIP]
> > Dear Gorden Jemwa,
> >
> > As a fellow R user, I am sure you agree with me that R is a
> dear gift
> > from the R-project community that should enjoy broad use.
> > [...]
> > Ben Hinchliffe
> > Inference Evangelist
> > BlueReference, Inc.
> > ben.hinchliffe_at_bluereference.com
>
> It would not be difficult to mine a database of email
> addresses from the R-help archives. Each month's postings can
> be downloaded as a .gz file. Each posting in the resulting
> unzipped .txt file has a line of the form
>
> From: user.name at email.domain
>
> and all that's then needed is to replace " at " with "@", and
> you have the email address.
>
> On a Unix system, a quick 'grep | sed' would do the job in a second!
>
> In this case, the spam was clearly carefully targeted at R
> users, so quite possibly they took a bit more trouble over it
> (to the point of extracting full names as well).
>
> I can't see the R people deliberately sharing their database,
> and the list of subscribed email addresses is accessible only
> to the list owners. So it seems much more likely that the
> publicly readable archives have been mined along the lines I
> suggest above.
>
> Best wishes,
> Ted.
>
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