How do spammers get your e-mail address? Part 1 – Rumplestiltskin attacks

Once of the most common questions I get asked by users is: How do these spammers get my e-mail address? There are a number or methods that these spammers use, and I will focus in one of the methods, in today’s blog post: The “Rumplestiltskin” attack. A dictionary or Rumplestiltskin attack is an attack where the spammer floods e-mail servers with usernames selected from a dictionary.It comes from the old Grimm’s fairy story, Rumplestiltskin. A couple of decades back, when the university’s e-mail system was still very primitive and e-mail addresses were limited to 8 characters, most personnel at...

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