(OT) Did you get an email from me?

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Subject: (OT) Did you get an email from me?
Posted by:  Dustin (bughunter.dust…@gmail.com)
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011

Hi All.

I'd like to apologize for the email you may have gotten from me which
suggested you purchasing New Apple iPhone 4S 64GB – Black. I'd never send
you an email to suggest you buy anything, Especially an Apple product. :)

My google (gmail) account had been compromised on Thursday according to the
webmail details page. Google claims this occurred due to a spear phishing
campaign I and thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of other gmail users all
fell for. (If you don't buy that either, I don't blame you.) Unfortunately,
Google has been building a contact list for the webmail by harvesting email
address(s) being passed in transit from the smtp/pop3 transactions. In
other words, they're harvesting and storing it in your webmail account for
your convenience.

If you use gmail for smtp/pop3 and not webmail as myself (nor any other
google services), you may not be aware of this. I wasn't. Until yesterday.
:( I did not knowingly put anyones email address  out there. I have since
changed the passphrase again, and removed everyone from this webmail
contact list. I will be checking the webmail interface to ensure it's no
longer creating any contact lists as I never agreed to such a thing and
really don't consider it a feature in the context in which I'm using Gmail.

I am very sorry this occurred and I have done what I can to prevent it from
happening again, atleast in so far as my abilities as a non Oper of gmail.
:) I take your email addresses and other aspects of privacy very seriously.

Thanks for your time!

Dustin Cook

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too
many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and
the only thing that's wrong is to get caught. - J.C. Watts