Cyber Mystery

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On Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:38:12 -0500, Larry Blanchard

The email address I use for posting to the usenet is obviously bogus. There really isn't any need to get another address just for posting purposes unless you actually want someone to reply to you personally.
Gordon Shumway
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wrote:

I can state with some certainty from personal knowledge and experience that email addresses containing "-spam" or "-nospam" are ignored by spambots.
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On Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:30:57 -0500, Gordon Shumway wrote:

And as I said, I do occasionally get such a reply.
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My address is genuine and, by and large, I am happy for * people* to contact me. Spam is rare though whether that's done to my ISP's filters or my address I have no idea.
Stuart
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Email addresses aren't generaly harvested from usenet or the web anymore. the viruses and trojans that are rampant through Windows-based computing is more than adequate for the scammers and spammers.
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Stuart wrote:

Same. I use comcast and comcast filters out most spam. I used to check it occasionally to make sure it wasn't scanning out real mail, but it never did, so now I have comcast throw everything it doesn't like in the bit bucket. I get a few ads from places I told could send me ads, like Amazon and a couple of wood working sites, but almost no stuff I don't want.
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daltxguy wrote:

Hi Steve,
That is a wonderfully reassuring post. Thank you. Because of my own lack of knowledge about how my email may have been sniffed, I was willing to look down any road. The more I think about it, the more I can eliminate both Cutlist and Sketchup itself. As mentioned in an earlier post, it pained me to even think that that kind of software could be suspect.
My version is 4.0.6, so I'll download the most recent to ensure that there isn't any issue with what I had. Truth be told, I can't remember where I downloaded it from.
I've scanned my PC and nothing shows up. I"m using AVG free, but maybe I need something more robust. I don't know. The PC at work is scanned constantly as is the email server, although the occasional spam does get through.
I agree with the vigilance. The email address on this post is a gmail account, which is forwarded to my personal account. Gmail seems to screen just about everything, and I rarely get spam from the forwarded mail.
I like the plugin, Steve. I'm sorry I suspected it, and will continue to use it. It's clean, easy to use and has a few quirks that I got onto quickly.
Tanus
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Hi Tanus,
I'm Jody with the SketchUp Team and just wanted to chime in as well. There is definitely nothing in SketchUp that collects any personal information or distributes that information. The only time SketchUp (the software) sends any information is when you authorize or access your license and then we don't send any personal information. I'm in the boat that its an email sniffing issue as well but don't have much to suggest beyond that. Its great that there are so many willing and knowledgable peers to help you track down the breach. Good luck finding the culprit! Hopefully it won't take long to get this straightened out and for you to be emailing and surfing in peace again. (And of course drawing in SketchUp too!)
Regards, Jody

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Hi Tanus,
I'm Jody with the SketchUp Team and just wanted to chime in as well. There is definitely nothing in SketchUp that collects any personal information or distributes that information. The only time SketchUp (the software) sends any information is when you authorize or access your license and then we don't send any personal information. I'm in the boat that its an email sniffing issue as well but don't have much to suggest beyond that. Its great that there are so many willing and knowledgable peers to help you track down the breach. Good luck finding the culprit! Hopefully it won't take long to get this straightened out and for you to be emailing and surfing in peace again. (And of course drawing in SketchUp too!)
=============Well, Guys. What do think of them apples? Speak His name and hear the rustle of His wings. :D Where'd I put that tin-foil hat?
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MikeWhy wrote:

I'm impressed with both of those apples, and have no problem believing either Jody or Steve from CutList.
I know that some might say that of course they're going to deny any bad software, but the more I think of it, the more I think it's likely on my end but I've got some malware somewhere. That or it's being yanked out of what is essentially public domain.
FYI Jody I never stopped working in SU even with the problem I was having. And I too am very happy with the responses I got with this thing, both from the forum regulars and the pros.
Thanks again to everyone and I'll be sure to post anything that I learn about this in the future.
Tanus
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Hi Tanus, No offense taken about suspecting everything and thanks for the comments about the plugin. I use a gmail account as well and have to say they do a pretty good job of filtering spam. I do want this particular email address to be available as I welcome feedback on the plugin from other woodworkers for future versions. What you see today has been very much a collaborative effort
It seems you've got a good response across the board for your mystery but it remains a mystery. Maybe you can bait the perpetrator and see if you can establish the point of interception. Use different data in different places as a 'tracer'.
good luck with your investigations.
Steve
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Maybe. But the CutList add-on is just as likely to be the culprit. I doubt that it is intercepted email.
You didn't say what OS you are using. You might install a program that watches network trafic and run the program again. See if anything is "calling home."
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