keyserver spam

Johan Wevers johanw at
Fri Dec 16 17:42:59 CET 2011

On 16-12-2011 16:51, gnupg at wrote:

> I understand that once you've uploaded something to the keyservers, it
> can't be removed. Eg, if I sign someone elses key and upload that, it
> will be attached to their key permanently?

Yes. Of course, you can remove it locally.

> What if someone were to generate say, 10,000 keypairs with "offensive"
> uid names, and then sign my key with each of them, and then upload that
> to the keyservers?

Then you might have a problem.

> Is there anything to stop that?

Not really.

> Has anything like this happened before?

The only thing that comes close is the keyserver at (I believe),
who issues a new signature every few months clogging your key with
expired signatures.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Johan Wevers

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