Mac, Gmail, Spam and an Apology

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Yesterday my contacts received an email from my email address, promoting a web site. This email was not sent by me, and I immediately started to look for the source. I have to admit that my journalistic tendency made me hope that I was a victim to a Mac virus. However, after a thorough review, I found that Gmail was the source of the problem. I took the required measures, including removing my contacts from online services, in order to prevent this event from happening again.

I apologize to all my contacts for the inconvenience. This case is a certainly a reminder why online services are not necessarily a better future…

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4 Responses to “Mac, Gmail, Spam and an Apology”


  1. 1 kveljones July 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    that email cracked me up! I figured you got a ton of emails back about it so I thought I wouldn’t your chain…do they get any traction from emails like that? It was such an obvious hack…and horror of horrors…no bcc!

  2. 2 Yuval Adam July 27, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Well, first of all, may I say that I am not offended at all that I didn’t get any spam from you. Being one of your best friends apparently does not get me into your contract list. But ok.
    I’ll just sit here in the dark…
    I do not think that removing them all from your Gmail is the right way to go. You think that keeping them on your personal computer is safer? Just take a guess at how many spam is sent from personal lists on computers to the once is a blue moon that Google will be hacked.

  3. 3 Kfir Pravda July 27, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Yuv, it is a fact that Macs are currently less vulnerable to viruses. Also, by your way of thought, I should keep my contacts in Gmail even if they failed?

  4. 4 Kfir Pravda July 27, 2008 at 8:23 am

    @kathryn – yep it was a busy day… the saddest thing is that some people replied to me saying that they are not interested in that service…


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