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21 March 2011

Skymem Email Extractor = Spam

We all get Spam right? where does it come from?

Chances are if your email address is up on the web either from you unwittingly putting it on a blog post or someone really hates you, signs you up to mailing lists.

I googled my email address and found it on a website called Skymem.

They offer a web based email extractor service but I would call it more like a web based email harvester. Basically you stick some raw text with email addresses into a dialogue box and it extracts you a nice email list. As soon as you do this your data is public. Free for anyone to extract the data and spam to their hearts content.

I emailed them to take it off the list ~15 times and yet it is still there. So I decided to take action and make an awareness video to show the dangers of this website.

What I found was raw data in sections. I was able to extract millions of email addresses from the documents that are freely downloadable.

The most shocking revelation was when I was looking at the raw data. There I found.
  • Email Addresses
  • Passwords
  • Usernames
  • Addresses
  • Other Personal Details
Most of us have one password, email address and generally one username that we use for all of our login websites (facebook, hotmail, twitter, etc.). So If someone just wanted to do something more malicious besides just compiling a huge email list they can.

Basically try to use those details to gain access to your websites. I also show you how to extract millions of email addresses. This is because I am trying to shock people at the issues with this service.

Norton states that the website is OK. But under their own criteria this provides:

  • Malicious Downloads
  • Security Risks
  • Phishing Attacks
  • Information Stealers

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