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What to Expect of 'Spamalot'? A Lot of Spam

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 09:52:01 -0500


"Spamalot" fans who signed up for a newsletter on the Broadway
musical's official Web site may end up getting, well, spammed a lot.
"Movin' Out" devotees may have the same problem. A security glitch --
now fixed -- exposed the names and postal and e-mail addresses of more
than 31,000 people to savvy computer users.

Up until Thursday evening, when a reporter from The New York Times
pointed out the problem to the Web sites' developer, visiting a
specific address on the shows' sites produced a long page with
mailing-list data. The security hole was not obvious to casual Web
surfers because the address was buried in the site's code. But it
could have been discovered by someone deliberately seeking the list
data, or by a kind of program used by spammers to scour the Web for
new e-mail addresses to bombard.

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