[CentOS-announce] Political Spam sent through several CentOS mailing lists

Thu Jan 29 00:13:09 UTC 2009
Ralph Angenendt <ralph at centos.org>

The CentOS team likes to offer an apology for the political spam mails
which went through our mail servers earlier today.

Due to the nature of mailing list software for public discussion groups, 
there aren't that many security measures which can be taken to check which
mails are supposed to get through and which mails aren't. Total safety can
only be had by a moderation of all lists - and that is not where we want 
to go.

The spammer today faked the identity of a CentOS core developer and thus 
got through on all mailing lists.

That these mails also got through the moderated centos-announce list was an
oversight in the configuration of that list which has been fixed now.

The CentOS team does not condone such behaviour and does not wish to 
support any political agenda through the mailing lists of the Project
- in case you had wondered.


Ralph Angenendt
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