E-mail address masquerading for archived mail messages
- Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 15:37:57 +0200
[Apologies for duplicate mails]
Beginning today, 16 August, the RIPE NCC will implement "e-mail address
masquerading" for messages displayed on the web site in the RIPE and the
RIPE NCC mailing list archives. E-mail masquerading makes it more difficult
for spammers to harvest e-mail addresses from the mailing list archives.
When masquerading is applied, the e-mail address of the sender will be
hidden in the mail archived messages. Those reading archived mail will see
a return e-mail address that appears as "somebody@localhost". When
clicking on this e-mail address, the address of the original sender will be
loaded in your mail program, enabling you to send a message to the author.
The RIPE NCC has chosen to implement this security measure as there have
been various complaints from members of the RIPE community that e-mail
addresses were being abused by spammers for Unsolicited Bulk E-mail (UBE).
By implementing this security measure we anticipate there will be a sharp
reduction to address harvesting of archived e-mail addresses.
We will be checking for harvesters who manage to overcome this measure and
will take further steps if necessary.
E-mail masquerading will be applied to all mailing lists found in the
We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
RIPE NCC WEBMASTER