McAfee uses third party to spam advertisement for their site. When attempting to complain, it is evident that McAfee doesn't even follow RFC standards regarding contact e-mail addresses.
From: security curmudgeon (jericho[at]attrition.org) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Declan McCullagh (declan[at]well.com), errata submission (errata[at]attrition.org), Thomas C. Greene (tcgreene[at]bellatlantic.net) Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:57:03 -0400 (EDT) Subject: You spam.. offer no abuse@ and no postmaster@ ... You are *exactly* why the Internet is a cesspool. When "security" companies resort to spamming to sell their products, they have violated the last shred of ethics they may have had. Worse, putting up these domains and not following RFC standards for e-mail contacts such as abuse@ and postmaster@ is a cheap way to try to hide from the complaints you clearly knew would pour in. Follow RFC 2141, RFC2821/4.5.1, and quit sending unsolicited commercial advertisements. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Mail Delivery Subsystem (MAILER-DAEMON) To: jericho[at]attrition.org Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:41:24 -0400 Subject: Returned mail: see transcript for details The original message was received at Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:41:19 -0400 from jericho@localhost ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- (email@example.com) (reason: 550 5.7.1 (firstname.lastname@example.org)... Relaying denied) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Mail Delivery Subsystem (MAILER-DAEMON) To: jericho[at]attrition.org Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:34:21 -0400 Subject: Returned mail: see transcript for details The original message was received at Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:33:53 -0400 from jericho@localhost ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- (email@example.com) (reason: 550 5.7.1 (firstname.lastname@example.org)... Relaying denied) ---------- ORIGINAL SPAM ---------- From: security curmudgeon (jericho[at]attrition.org) To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 13:33:52 -0400 (EDT) Subject: SPAM: Were you protected from the Microsoft and Cisco vulnerabilities? (fwd) This is unsolicited ambulance chasing spam. The alias this was mailed to never signed up to any list, never "opted in" to receive your spam, etc. Welcome to Errata (www.attrition.org/errata/) [Original spam included]
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