The Story of "Nadine"

(Note: David Hutchens contacted me today, looking for access to the Story of "Nadine" website. I sent him an email reply, which bounced. Gotta love those aggressive spam filters. I don't know any other way to contact him, so I figured I'd post about it here.)

For those of you looking for the Story of "Nadine" website (which used to be hosted on My apologies. My hosting situation changed a number of months ago. This site is now hosted on Blogger, and I don't quite know how to get the files hosted in the same location again.

In the mean time, I'd like to direct you to the master site for the Story of "Nadine":

If you're not familiar with the site, it provides some interesting data about what can happen with somebody's personal information. A woman gave her email address to some entity, with a couple of problems inherent. One, the entity did not confirm the validity of the address, so they didn't catch that she typo'd the address when entering it. Her personally identifiable information is therefore now regularly leaked to the site that owns the typo'd address, and two, the entity seems to have distributed that information far and wide. The net result is that a non-existent email address is now seemingly attributed to somebody whom it shouldn't be, and senders both great and small continue to hit the address regularly, intending to mail "Nadine."


  1. A while back I located an obituary notice for "Nadine". She still gets between 50 and 200 messages per day, all of which now feed the Spamcop service.


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