[ubuntu-za] ubuntu-za Digest, Vol 146, Issue 10

Raoul Snyman raoul at snyman.info
Sat Dec 16 19:14:32 UTC 2017


On 2017-12-16 06:00, Jan wrote:
> Surely this mail is off-topic - if it came from the Ubuntu-za Digest,
> please unsubscribe me.

You seem to be a little unclear on how mailing lists work, especially 
ones run by Mailman. When you initially subscribe to the mailing list 
you have the option of either getting every e-mail as it is sent, or a 
digest - a daily or weekly e-mail containing all the e-mails sent in 
that time period. This is often used by folks who have limited Internet 
access, or just want a little less "noise" in their inbox.

Now, in this particular case, it looks like someone who is subscribed to 
our mailing list (and uses the digest option) has probably had their 
e-mail account compromised, and now a spam bot has sent an e-mail reply 
to the digest e-mail that person received. You'll notice the list of 
images attached. My guess is that those images have been created to take 
advantage of a vulnerability in how Windows displays images in the hopes 
that they can infect some people.

Lastly, all mailing lists provide an option at the bottom of each e-mail 
to unsubscribe from that list. Mailing the list and asking to be removed 
is never received well by those who know mailing lists, and you may 
encounter less-than-savoury replies if you were to post that. If you 
really want to get off this list (which I doubt you do), just follow the 
link at the bottom of this e-mail.

I hope this helps to clear things up.

Raoul Snyman
+1 (520) 490-9743
raoul at snyman.info

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