Send anonymous email through GMAIL

Posted by joy

Woooweee… take a look at this. You can now send anonymous email through GMAIL. What do I mean by anonymous? Normally, when you send an email, you can be identified either by your client IP address or if not that, your mailserver’s IP address. For the free email services like HOTMAIL and YAHOO, a user could be identified (well, their ISP could be identified) by taking a quick look at the email headers.

Well, the GMAIL headers aren’t showing an originating IP address anymore, just the private GMAIL IP starting with 10.*.*.* so a sender can’t be identified at all. I guess if the email was threatening or abusive, a judge would have to subpoena Google just to retrieve the originating IP address. I wonder if Google removed the originating IP address since they are now employing SPF & Domain Keys?

Update: Gmail has been omitting the originating IP since at least July 2004. I just checked some archived email to confirm that.

[tags]Google, IP addresses, Email, Email Headers [/tags]

Date: June 19, 2006 10:17:30 PM EDT
Delivery-Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:17:33 -0400
Received: from [ME] by [MY MAILSERVER] with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.52) id 1FsVo5-0002Cq-Hq for; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:17:33 -0400
Received: from [] (port=47724 by [MY MAILSERVER] with esmtp (Exim 4.52) id 1FsVo5-0002Ci-DE for; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:17:33 -0400
Received: by with SMTP id i7so1123465wra for; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with SMTP id e3mr73968wrc; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with HTTP; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Domainkey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws; s=beta;;

Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Content-Disposition: inline

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