Looks like it was iContact, and they are BIG. Since this hacking our bandwidth usage has at least doubled! Since then we've received many angry emails from users suspecting us of being hacked. Well, it turns out that Sneakemail lived up to its mission - it protected its user's real email addresses from forever being on these spammer's lists. There was also a similar hacking in december. It looks like your email addresses aren't safe anywhere!
Thanks to everyone that helped us with this investigation.
Many users are reporting an influx of spam to Sneakemail addresses that they would not normally expect to receive spam.
We're investigating whether a big bulk emailing company has been hacked and we need your help - in a way Sneakemail users are best at, and why they use Sneakemail to protect their email addresses in this situation. /shameless self promotion
We want to build a list of all websites that we're given these Sneakemail addresses and then see if we can find a common link.
Please don't send in data on everyday spam. If you are getting hit by this you know exactly what it looks like. Identical emails, all recently, to multiple Sneakemail addresses all at the same time. Or spam to email Sneakemail addresses you didn't think would likely ever be spammed.
Please send in just the website/company/entity name and the Sneakemail address. We'll post the most common websites but keep the addresses hidden, of course.
Here is the listing so far - the website/company/entity and who handles their bulk mailings, if known. Please send in data even if you see it on this list.
Keep in mind that these companies are well meaning, most likely good people, we're not hacked themselves but probably trusted a third party to deliver their email (which is still good practice). Also keep in mind there may be false positives. (I'm starting to see a pattern already.)
pragprog.com (previously used iContact)
americannutrition - iContact
penboutique.com - iContact
shoeboxed.com - iContact
nimbuzz.com (iContact and other companies)
sorensonmedia.com - iContact
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