Keyserver spam example

David Shaw dshaw at
Thu Jun 10 16:00:18 CEST 2010

Hi everyone,

Periodically there is a discussion on this list about whether having your key on a keyserver will result in more spam.  My feeling on this is that you might get more spam, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the usual onslaught that streams in daily.

That being said, I just got my first piece of spam that was definitely caused by presence on a keyserver:

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Stephen Lee" <stephenhka at>
> Date: May 26, 2010 2:17:27 AM EDT
> To: dshaw at
> Subject: enquiry :
> Reply-To: "Stephen Lee" <stephenhka at>
> We found your contact Email address from
> My name is Stephen and I come from China, Hong Kong.

(spam contents snipped - it goes on to offer to sell me LCD screens for my "retail store, shop, boutique or any public area")


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