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Bug #36768 Email addresses easily harvested
Submitted: 2006-03-17 08:13 UTC Modified: 2008-11-28 23:39 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:0 of 0 (0.0%)
From: phpbug at chipple dot net Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: Website problem
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2006-03-17 08:13 UTC] phpbug at chipple dot net
The way email addresses are currently obfuscated in the documentation and on makes it easy for spammers to harvest them just by sending queries to Google.

For example, the Google search queries:
  "* at * dot *"
  "* at * dot * dot *"
match tons of email addresses, and Google even makes it easy to parse them out since they're highlighted in bold in the results.

It would be a good thing if the site would obfuscate users' email addresses in a non-Googleable manner such as removing spaces around "at" and "dot" (e.g. bugsATphpDOTnet) or similar.


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 [2008-11-28 23:39 UTC]
This is still the unwritten standard for plain-text email obfuscation, so at this time the issue won't be fixed.
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