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]

From: clevergirl777@gmail.com
Subject:
Date: June 19, 2006 10:17:30 PM EDT
To: blog@cleverhack.com
Return-Path: clevergirl777@gmail.com
Envelope-To: blog@cleverhack.com
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 blog@cleverhack.com; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:17:33 -0400
Received: from [64.233.184.228] (port=47724 helo=wr-out-0506.google.com) by [MY MAILSERVER] with esmtp (Exim 4.52) id 1FsVo5-0002Ci-DE for blog@cleverhack.com; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 22:17:33 -0400
Received: by wr-out-0506.google.com with SMTP id i7so1123465wra for blog@cleverhack.com; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by 10.54.106.3 with SMTP id e3mr73968wrc; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by 10.54.135.3 with HTTP; Mon, 19 Jun 2006 19:17:30 -0700 (PDT)
Domainkey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws; s=beta; d=gmail.com;
h=received:message-id:date:from:to:subject:mime-version:content-type:
content-transfer-encoding:content-disposition;b=FK+gH8KH3W/sIZlAWwDrFCj/
whz+N/uyaH2+mIM3Px68oxbKm8T5JyWYfZbXRdSA51IN9z3LEHn5bUDq4jJdy
UJdU9OBhVXBFStEhdIso+C7Wh+ywldc54UlZL3Ng5lApJrWNClofU5B
m2JcblcTrDv
5avuNqcm21l6vPFbRliU=

Message-Id: bdd6a3450606191917u76a3fc9fl4aadf6030710cb8f@mail.gmail.com
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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