The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Barack Obama thinks my name is "StupidSpamSucker SlutFace"

Spammer revenge or Republican dirty trick? Too early to tell, but either way, it's incompetence at the Democrat's email provider.

Well, it's not every day that you get called a nasty name by a major presidential candidate, but there's a first time for everything, I suppose.

Here's the latest missive from Barack Obama (or his campaign staff, to be precise):

Subject: Major news
From: Barack Obama <info@barackobama.com>
Date: 13:04
To: StupidSpamSucker SlutFace <falk@...net>

StupidSpamSucker --

We learned something extraordinary since I wrote to you last night.

We've crunched all the numbers and discovered that we are within striking distance of something historic: one million people donating to this campaign.

[request for donation deleted]

Paid for by Obama for America

This email was sent to: falk@....net
Reading the net-abuse newsgroups, I see that I'm not the only one who got this. Clearly this is the deliberate work of someone delibarately adding anti-spam activists to Obama's "spread the word" web page. The only question that remains is: is this the work of a spammer making life a little harder on anti-spam activists, or a Republican dirty trick (it does sort of have Karl Rove's stench)?

But the thing is, either way, it points to gross incompetence on the part of the Democratic mass mailing provider, "Blue State Digital".

One thread in the discussion includes a response from an admin at Blue State who is quoted as saying

We don't confirm ownership of the subscribed email address -- no need, as there's nothing to be gained from submitting fake signups.
I don't know how to respond to this. Sad to see that someone can be so naive in this day and age and in this political climate. Here's a hint: "Swift Boating". Look it up.

Anyway here's to hoping that the Obama campaign wises up and fires Blue State's sorry asses before this goes any further. In the meantime, my "StupidSpamSucker SlutFace" will live in my file of truly memorable spams.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a reason you often take stuff like this into the realm of politics and innuendo? I read this blog because you usually seem to know what you are talking about when it comes to spam, not to experience your vitriol about Republicans.

For what its worth, this incident seems pretty simplistic and feels like the work of either a spammer or an anti-spammer trying to get back at you or make a point. Or maybe just a wacky idiot.

I personally figure it's only a matter of time before something like this is done by someone pretending to be from the other side of the political fence (it has already been done in blog comments by various idiots) in order to make the other side look bad.

Or maybe it is a Republican conspirator trying to validate your world view.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Jay Levitt said...

Please let us all know when you get the first pre-approved credit card application for Mr. SlutFace...

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I got one too. The funny thing is it's not an address I've used to report spam to ISPs etc more than 4-5 times, ever. That probably narrows things down to a single smaller ISP...

7:32 PM  

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