How Was the JSM Attendees Data Leaked?

Yihui Xie 2017-07-03

I have received multiple emails trying to sell the JSM 2017 attendees data to me in the past few weeks. For example:

Edwin Lee <[email protected]>


Would you be interested in JSM Joint Statistical Meetings 2017 Attendees List?

List includes : First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Phone, Fax, Email Address, Business Name, Job title, Web Address/URL, Country and Zip Code.

We can provide you with 6,500 attendee contacts. Let me know your interest, I can share Pricing and other information in my next email.

I look forward to hearing from you.

To Your Success,

Best Regards,
Edwin Lee
Event Data Specialist

Another one:

Stacey Klein <[email protected]>


I believe that your company is one of the Exhibitor at “Joint Statistical Meetings 2017” which will be held on July 29-Augest 03, 2017 | Baltimore Convention Center. so I’m trying to reach out to check if you are interested in acquiring attendees list of “Joint Statistical Meetings 2017”.

We have the Current Attendees List contact information will include Company Name, Contact Name, Job Titles, Phone & Fax Number, Mailing Address and Opt-in email address; SIC Codes, Employee size, Revenue Size and many more.

Let me know if you are interested and I shall get back to you with the count and pricing info and please pass on this email to the right person in your company.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Stacey Klein/ Marketing Manager

Yet another one:

Holly Phillips <[email protected]>


I am writing to see would you be interested in email list of attendees for the event JSM (Joint Statistical Meeting) 2017?

The list of attendees at JSM 2017 will help you in 2 ways:-

Each information includes Full Contact Name, Email address, Phone number, Fax number, Mailing address, Job title, company name, Employee-size, revenue-size, website etc.

Please let me know your interest so that we could discuss further.

Regards, Holly Phillips Event Manager

We respect your privacy hence if you wish not to hear from us please reply with the subject line “Terminate”

While I have no interest in purchasing the data, I wonder how the attendees information was leaked. These emails are not the only trouble to me. I have also received mails trying to sell insurance to me and indicating that I could get discounts because of my ASA membership, even after I quit ASA.