Karl (supersat) wrote in uw,

UW staff disclosed hundreds of e-mail addresses to Teriyaki Spammer!

Today, some of you may have received an e-mail from Margot Nims, an academic counselor in the physics department. The e-mail was advertising an SPS open-house event offering free pizza and pop. There's a copy of this e-mail at the bottom of this entry. Anyway, this e-mail was sent out to 630 students, presumably students enrolled in physics classes. The problem was that EVERY E-MAIL ADDRESS WAS PUT INTO THE To: FIELD IN THE HEADER!

Non-geek translation: The e-mail included a list of the 630 recipients in plain sight. This is bad for numerous reasons, including privacy problems.

Now the funny part. Jeff Marshal, a member of the Teriyaki Organization (a registered student organization), decided to use this list to his advantage. He e-mailed everyone on the list promoting the Teriyaki Organization. The e-mail is included below.


Email 1:

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Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:16:45 -0800
To: <630 e-mail addresses here>
From: Margot Nims <margot@phys.washington.edu>
Subject: Free Pizza and Soda !
Cc: justusb@u.washington.edu
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>Yes that's right!
>Free Pizza and Soda!
>FRIDAY, JAN. 25th 2-4pm
> The room by the bathrooms with
> the pictures out front.
>Come and meet active SPS members and find out about this organization. If
>you are a physics major you are already a member! The next step is to
>take advantage of all the valuable resources membership has to offer.
>-Homework Help/Study Groups (hey, your TA might be in the lounge)
>-Relaxation/Study Area (fridge, microwave, computers, phone)
>-Networking (meet faculty, future colleagues)
>-Information (research positions, internships, etc.)
>-Seminars (cheap pizza and interesting information)
>-Leadership Roles

Margot Nims, Academic Counselor
Physics Department, Box 35-1560
Seattle, WA 98115-3456
email: margot@phys.washington.edu
phone: 206-543-2772 Advising Hours: 9am-4pm Mon. thru Fri.

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Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 17:30:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Marshall <insane@u.washington.edu>
To: Margot Nims <margot@phys.washington.edu>
cc: <630 e-mail addresses here>
Subject: this has nothing to do with Free Pizza and Soda !
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I'm sorry I hate spam but I just had to do this when I saw all of those e-mail addresses. I mean WOW! 631 of us in 1 e-mail...

So I just wanted to say, "Hi", and tell ya'll about The Teriyaki Organization.

We are a new club at the University of Washington. Our goal is to bring together people WHO LOVE TERIYAKI! We also rate local Teriyaki restaurants! We were thinking that if enough restaurants cared about their quality of Teriyaki, then we could, possibly raise the quality of Teriyaki in the U-district and surrounding areas! So what does that have to do with you!?!?! Well, with the exception of vegetarians and people on those weird liquid diets, WE NEED YOU TO JOIN! Because both you and I know that YOU LOVE TERIYAKI! ITS IN YOUR BLOOD! IT IS YOUR DESTINY!!! MUHAHAHA!!! ummm... sorry. So, if you are interested, we are a Real club with Real members. And a real website!



Ps, what up Boris!
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