I just received some spam at an email address that I’ve used only to sign up for eMusic. It seems I’m not the only one, either: http://trainedmonkey.com/2006/11/17/privacy_breach_at_emusic_.
There seems to be three distinct possibilities here:
- Their security was compromised (either internally or externally) and someone got a hold of their customer list.
- They blatantly gave away email addresses.
- Some spammer decided to randomly send spam to emusic@ a whole lot of domains.
1 & 2? Plausible.
3? Implausible. If you want a message to get through, you’re going to use info@, support@, sales@, etc. The number of people who would have emusic@ forwarding to anything remotely useful is significantly lower. Do spammers send mail to other user accounts? On occasion, but usually they use made-up user accounts as part of bogus “from” addresses, not “to” addresses.
I forwarded the message to eMusic’s support team yesterday, but haven’t heard anything back. I’ll give them a call on Monday and see what they say.
To everyone else – did you get this message on an email address that you used to sign up for eMusic?
Here’s the actual message:
Subject: Credit tips enclosed – 58tks01
Date: November 30, 2006 3:58:17 AM PST
To: ( My EMusic Address )
My name is Michael Matson and I wanted to connect with you briefly because
I am offering a new eBook all about credit, credit repair, the credit
reporting agencies, and how to boost your credit score by applying a few
simple concepts which I will be sharing with subscribers.
For those who act right away, I will be giving away some very powerful
bonus items at no cost.
Please register for the course here: http://www64.MyOwnCreditCoach.com
There is absolutely zero risk, and it will definatly give you a leg-up to
make your credit rating soar with eagles.
Again here is the link: http://www00.MyOwnCreditCoach.com
Feel free to share this with a friend but send it today, because I’m not
sure how long I am going to keep the price so low!
Thanks for being open to trying my mini-course and I’ll see you on the
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