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So recently I came across this post on bioware forums regarding spam e-mails from random/dodgy sites. http://social.bioware.com/forums/forum/1/topic/13/index/9528757/1
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I came across this post on reddit, to quote:
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So I have my own domain, and give out a different email address every time I sign up for something. If I go to blockbuster, it's "blockbuster@mydomain.net"; netflix gets "netflix@mydomain.net", and dragonage got "dragonage@mydomain.net". So when I get emails Like This , I have to assume BioWare has been giving out my info.

I check my email and sure enough as well, I'm seeing the same thing. More spam, spam of the same type to my email address under this account. Example: http://imgur.com/JKkMF

And others are reporting the same thing.

There's a community manager from BioWare in the thread on reddit, saying it is a virus on the computer or the sort. I personally did a full scan and nothing came up, I know I'm clean (hell I work in IT).

So... is anyone else seeing an increase in spam (or like from "Fun Girl") to their email account?

[EDIT] This is not for anyone who played DA it seems, but anyone with a BioWare account.

Someone here also brought up this link:
http://www.spiderfarmer.com/2011/08/24/eas-new-business-plan-selling-users-data-to-the-highest-bidder/

An official BioWare reply would be nice.


I just checked my e-mail... The one connected to an EA account.... I also have this spam email from this site. Looks like many others are getting it too. Common relation: All have EA account connected to that E-mail.

Check yours, to see if you have it too.
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I don't have any of those, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if EA were selling our personal information to 3rd party industries. rolleyes.gif
    
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i just started getting the "fun girl" emails last week, and i don't know where it's coming from.

GMail's filter is not filtering these out - been struggling with my settings lately to no avail, yet. looked at the message briefly, and found this on each one of them.

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from: Fun Girl ilrueju@halderen.nl
reply-to: Fun Girl
to: b.yourcontact@gmail.com
date: Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM
subject: A-ight!


i get maybe 3-4 each day at various intervals, and it is getting annoying. the attached pic is cute, but i have resisted opening and downloading it. the person sending them must have access to my account, and so far my credit card is okay (i do not know if i linked it to EA, if that is where the information they are getting is coming from). could be from anywhere.
Edited by rgrwng - 3/2/12 at 2:14pm
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If that is the case, EA might get in big trouble, so why should they risk it.
But EA have been critizised for storing information before, this was through Origin. But they later stopped doing that, or at least limited how much information they stored.
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If that is the case, EA might get in big trouble, so why should they risk it.
But EA have been critizised for storing information before, this was through Origin. But they later stopped doing that, or at least limited how much information they stored.

This is, I'm quite sure its coming from EA.

As I have an e-mail that's purely associated with BF3/Origin. I have all my DD services signed up to separate e-mails purely for security reasons. And I'm receiving that same email too.
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Well you can add me to this list...Fun Girl spamming my gmail that is tied to my EA/Bioware acct...luckily my spam filter catches them.
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Well you can add me to this list...Fun Girl spamming my gmail that is tied to my EA/Bioware acct...luckily my spam filter catches them.

Same here. I have an alternative account these days for game accounts but the EA one was still linked to my main one.
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i simply can't trust ea or microsoft. since using origin and and xbox live i've seen an influx in my junk folder. i've now linked them to dummy emails and details that hold no importance. it's really bad. i was also fifa hacked back in december. so trust in both microsoft and ea are lost for life. i've been with steam since day 1 and never had an issue with my details.

"gaming journalists" and "gaming editorials" are laughable. they rarely expose or highlight the seriousness of the mal practices these corporations perform. they should be hammering and grilling these people when they do wrong to the customer. i sometimes feel they are just glad to be working or atleast paid simply to help promote a publishers title through press releases and other forms of exposure. i could ramble on but the industry could do with a watchdog body to ovresee all this schlock.
Edited by joyrider - 3/5/12 at 3:38am
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My guess is one of two things:
#1. They have something in their TOS we've overlooked, as most people don't really read it anyways.
#2. Something in one of their systems isn't encrypted or behind anything so bots are able to read the email address' on users accounts.
-- Example: If the forum profile is done by a numbering system on a site, and that site posts all email addresses in the profile publicly then any bot program could go up numerically and capture the email addresses of every user on that forum. Just an example, but I've seen it happen before.

My guess is #2. It's unlikely they'd sell them. My guess is they have something publicly visible that bots can see.
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