[my comments below have nothing to do with list management. This is an
On Thu, 16 Oct 2003, Vivek Khera wrote:
> With spam being such a political hot-button these days, I'm sure a
> very public "outing" of these offenders will be very effective at
> getting it to stop
That will only work for candidates who have something to lose. But as a
last ditch effort of a candidate who will very well behind in the polls,
it might seem like a risk worth taking.
> Last fall, I had some local candidate spam me. After my second
> complaint to his ISP, his web site was yanked and all access cut off.
> This was two days before the election. Needless to say, he was not
> pleased. ;-)
The same thing happened to Bill Jones who was running in primary elections
to be the Republican party candidate for governor of California last year.
He was a distant third behind Bill Simon (who won the primary) and Richard
Riorden. I think Jones was polling at about 10%.
At first I thought that the Jones campaign was subject to a joe-job. They
used a criminal spammer, hijacking vulnerable relays in S. Korea. As soon
as I got the spam, I called the campaign and offered to help track down
who was "joe-ing" them. After a few phone calls and faxes, it became
clear that it had been authorized by the Jones campaign. I was one of
many who reported it to their hosting company, along with a large number
of recipients in Canada. (Most hit addresses were in the .ca TLD)
One of the many articles about the incident is
Anyway, sorry for the off-topic rambling, but I do believe that we will
see more spam from desparate politicians, but not from those who have a
lot to lose.
Jeffrey Goldberg http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/
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