spammed again again

The newsgroups at which holds important developer information and discussions have been seriously spammed. All of the newsgroups I have subscribed to, each had around 50 unread messages. All of those are spam. None of the spam messages contains any URLs. And strangely enough all of them has been cross posted to the newsgroup.

I'm so close to not reading the newsgroups before a seriously anti spam solution have been implemented. And it's not the first time the newsgroups have been hit by a spam attack.

March 12, 2005 02:38 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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Are you referring to the public newsgroups or the private ones, which you are required to access through the server?

A while ago there was talk about making all groups private, and moving them to the secure news server. That was and is a good idea, but it would be nice if some actual action was taken to make that a reality.


Site icon Comment by Laurens Holst at March 12, 2005 03:37 PM | Permalink

I'm talking about the public ones.

Site icon Comment by Henrik Gemal [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2005 04:02 PM | Permalink

Yeah, that sucked. Especially since Thunderbird does not give you the option to hide such threads. (Or perhaps I should upgrade.)

If those newsgroups are actually moved to would we be able to control this more and delete the spam e-mails?

Site icon Comment by Anne at March 12, 2005 04:36 PM | Permalink

Maybe this is a stupid question, but why not move to a discussion forum type solution?

Site icon Comment by Rian at March 12, 2005 05:52 PM | Permalink

Rian, some people like not registering for every forum they want to post in, also for Newsgroups there is a permanent archive under and there may be other reasons, too (people can use their favourite newsreader to read news, with forums you're bound to the web interface).

Comment by mcsmurf at March 12, 2005 06:19 PM | Permalink

You don't need to read the public groups from I read them via (which has just gone from being free to fee-based, but it's not expensive), and the spam (including this latest batch) gets filtered out pretty effectively.

Comment by michaell at March 12, 2005 06:54 PM | Permalink

mcsmurf, certainly there are benefits and drawbacks to each type of system. There are two things a forum does better than newsgroups (in my opinion, of course), and that is cutting down on spam, and organizing a discussion into a legible format. (But depending on your newsreader, this might be a moot point.) It was just a thought, and I'm a discussion forum addict, so naturally I'm biased. I do think it would help with spam quite a lot, though.

Site icon Comment by Rian at March 13, 2005 02:18 AM | Permalink

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