Spam sent through The Hindu web site
By Abhijit Menon-Sen <email@example.com>
I just received a Nigerian scam email sent through some "forward this
article" feature on The Hindu
web site. Here's the message, slightly edited:
Received: from web1.hinduonnet.com (web1new.hinduonnet.com [127.0.0.1])
by web1.hinduonnet.com (8.13.5/8.13.5) with ESMTP id
o7SMbdhC026146; Sun, 29 Aug 2010 04:07:39 +0530
Received: (from apache@localhost)
by web1.hinduonnet.com (8.13.5/8.13.5/Submit) id
o7SMbRAc026122; Sun, 29 Aug 2010 04:07:27 +0530
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 04:07:27 +0530
Subject: Article from The Hindu: Sent to you by Virtosos Chulks.
International Commercial Bank Ghana
First Light Branch
I got your contact during my search for a reliable, trust worthy and
honest person to introduce this transfer project with. My name is Mr.
Virtosos Chulks. I am the manager of the International Commercial Bank
Ghana, First Light Branch Accra. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids.
I am writing to solicit your assistance in the noble transfer of
No, that's not a mistake—there really are two From: fields. But that's
probably the least broken thing about a feature that allows
people to send arbitrary email messages (with no reference to an article
in The Hindu, by the way) through their site.
I wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org (which is also the contact address given on their
web site) to report the problem. At least my mail did not bounce. I wonder if
anyone will pay attention to it.