Spam from the Wareham Forge?
The short article below was prepared some years ago, back when my site was hosted by PIPCOM out of Peterborough ON. Much has changed since then, but sadly, the volume of spam has increased if anything. The Wareham Forge web site has greatly expanded, with a huge number of external sites from all over the world which link to the massive content here. This, and the long history of the site, both make it a possible target for illegal spam highjacking. Much of what is mentioned below still remains in effect despite my best efforts today...
Originally published 2001
It seems that my domain - www.warehamforge.ca - has been the target of a well known (and hated) international spamer. It appears that either a targeted virus (or maybe more like a worm?) has been used.
What has been happening is that a volume of e-mails have been generated that have as their content an advert for (get this) anti virus software. To add insult to injury - the message contains a disclaimer stating that the company does not involve itself in spam!!
The message uses a return address with the form of 'some letters and firstname.lastname@example.org. Often there is a fictitious name in quotes "Some Name". Usually the subject line is badly formed or gibberish.
On top of all that, it appears the message also acts like a virus, grabbing all addresses listed in a mail list and adding these as CC copies.
First - I must clearly state that these messages have NOT originated from the Wareham Forge.
Second - This is also not a result of a virus on my computer. All my incoming mail is washed through McAfee software at my ISP and any possible viruses stopped. On my end I have Norton installed, and have washed my entire system twice over the last two weeks to be sure. On top of all that - I'm running a Macintosh here, which typically is NOT effected by most viruses. Another clue is that almost all of the returned messages are from people that I have never communicated with in the past.
This is part of the ongoing process being undertaken by PIPCOM - the ISP that hosts the Wareham Forge domain:
" It looks like your domain amongst others has been targeted as a bounce
" One of the suggestions in the link above is to send all addresses
" ..... (April 8) it looked to me like the domain was listed
at an IP that was owned by
I am sorry about any complications this may have caused anyone who has also
fallen prey to the indicated individual. At best this has resulted in a few
unwanted e-mails. At worst it may nothing less that one link in a chain of intentionally
sent viruses and theft of personal information. Unfortunately, there seems little
that I can do to correct the problem, other than wait it out. Needless to say,
I am also furious. I have been operating on the world wide web since the early
days of live mail. It has taken years to establish www.warehamforge.ca as a
source of reliable historic information for museums and educators.
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