Did Mark Towner Forge an E-mail From George Will?
As the magic 8-ball would say, "all signs point to yes".
An e-mail just showed up in my inbox (and probably in many of your inboxes) with a From address of email@example.com. It contained a verbatim cut-and-paste of his recent column concerning school vouchers. Needless to say, I'm pretty sure that Mr. Will doesn't know me personally. I'm also pretty sure he didn't send that e-mail. The detective hat goes on.
First things first, I needed to figure out where the message came from. A few RDNS searches later, I find that the source is messagingengine.com, a webmail service in Australia. Here's where it gets interesting. Remember the old Voucher News e-mail that caused such a flap? It seems that messagingengine.com is owned by the same company as ssl-mail.com, the domain used to send that forged message. Mark also has a personal address at sent.com, another one of their domains. It doesn't take a lot of rocket science to figure out the answer to this riddle, folks.
Naturally, I've already sent a complaint to the e-mail provider. If you got the message as well, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your complaint as well. Spamming, phishing, forged identities… is there no low that the fake pirate captain can't hit?
UPDATE: And now Towner's alter ego, Jason Bourne, has gotten in on it. The from address? Why, it's email@example.com, another LastMail.FM domain.