How long will it take for spammers to harvest this address?

Collabnet updated its discussion service on Funambol Forge so that now the archives hide the full email addresses of members using a simple obfuscation in the html code through a javascript function.’  Apparently there is no silver bullet to stop 100% of spammers, but as in many cases ‘good enough’ is enough.’  For curiosity and to test the method, I created an email account on gmail and posted a message to the Forge forums. After a month I still haven’t received any spam message on that account.

Today I setup another gmail address as control group. Lets see how long it takes for spammers to pick this Bets accepted 🙂 I think it will take 5/7 days for the first spam message to come. What do you think?

UPDATE: It took about 2 hours before I got the first spam message sent by a spammer (not by Mauro).

Received: by with SMTP id e6cs5143rvg;
        Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:08:48 -0800 (PST)
Received: by with SMTP id z16mr383901qbp.25.1234433327837;
        Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:08:47 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <>
Received: from ( [])
        by with ESMTP id s31si1516262qbs.34.2009.;
        Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:08:47 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results:; spf=pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender)
Received: from ([])
          (InterMail vM. 201-253-122-130-113-20050324) with ESMTP
          id <>;
          Thu, 12 Feb 2009 05:05:52 -0500
X-IronPort-Anti-Spam-Filtered: true
X-IronPort-Anti-Spam-Result: AooIAIR9k0nOL8eg/2dsb2JhbACBboswiEPAbIFCBg
Received: from (HELO ([])
  by with SMTP; 12 Feb 2009 05:02:19 -0500
X-Mailer: Openwave WebEngine, version 2.8.10 (webedge20-101-191-20030113)
X-Originating-IP: []
From: Mrs Sarah Wood <>
To: <>
Subject: claims of =?iso-8859-1?B?ozEsMDAwLDAwMC4wMA==?= pounds
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 5:05:34 -0500
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Message-Id: <>

send the following: Name,Age,Sex,Country to Email: mrchristophermorgan@bt= for the claims of =A31,000,000.00 pounds which was won by YO=
UR ID in our Recent Compaq Bonanza for the use of internet service

Mrs Sarah Wood

smaffulli’s status on Thursday, 12-Feb-09 07:48:49 UTC –

Twitter / smaffulli: lets see how long it takes ….




  1. Mauro, I had 3 spam messages, one from you. How many did you send? If you sent only one, then I got the first spam message 2 hours after posting to twitter, and this blog.

    Graziano: I’m trying to be scientific, so I setup another address to get a proof that the system in place for Collabnet is working.