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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-14-07 06:42 PM
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13. Quakerfriend, you seem to be a good observer. A question about spam...
Have you (or any other DUers) noticed spam coming in with subject lines hitting on key words which immediately get the attention of those of us interested in real news and liberal concerns?

There was a time when Havocdad and I noticed the return names on most of the spam were clones of email addresses in of people in our area, or had names of many in our area with our server as part of the address. We are in a very sparsely populated large remote area, and many neighbors have unusual names. We wondered if our server (only one available in this area) was selling names to spammers.

Lately, like since the Nov election, I have noticed LOTS of spam with subject lines referring to news about electronic voting, civil rights, GITMO, environmental issues up the wahzoo, and several with names like Andy Stephenson!

So, is part of this push to spy on our internet habits just a means of commercially exploiting our concerns? Sure seems the spammers have customized the subject lines and/or cloned return email addressed to get our notice.

I am hoping it really IS just more of the consumer survey crap used to see what shiny things get our attention. Am convinced that the spying on our internet activities is partly just more data mining in hopes of finding ways to sell shit.

Just wondered if you or anybody else has noticed a change in the spam of late.

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  -Maybe I'm just being silly and paranoid, but.................. kestrel91316  Jan-14-07 06:08 PM   #0 
  - probably spyware  RedCappedBandit   Jan-14-07 06:10 PM   #1 
  - Well, at any rate I am happy with the new improved computer I got!  kestrel91316   Jan-14-07 06:16 PM   #2 
     - Congrats!  RedCappedBandit   Jan-14-07 06:55 PM   #15 
  - You are not being silly OR paranoid. This administration gives  onecent   Jan-14-07 06:17 PM   #3 
  - I think that they spy from the web, not individual computers  itsmesgd   Jan-14-07 06:19 PM   #4 
  - If the government were  MonkeyFunk   Jan-14-07 06:19 PM   #5 
  - Nope. That big file was in there before I even HAD my internet hooked up.  kestrel91316   Jan-14-07 10:23 PM   #22 
  - The last 2 computers we've bought  China_cat   Jan-14-07 06:23 PM   #6 
  - Think Microsoft  gordianot   Jan-14-07 06:23 PM   #7 
  - Think firewall  Pavulon   Jan-14-07 06:26 PM   #8 
  - What is black ice? ....n/t  WiseButAngrySara   Jan-14-07 06:32 PM   #10 
     - black ice is a free firewall...n/t  windbreeze   Jan-14-07 08:48 PM   #20 
  - Well, I had a similar experience.  Quakerfriend   Jan-14-07 06:28 PM   #9 
  - Quakerfriend, you seem to be a good observer. A question about spam...  havocmom   Jan-14-07 06:42 PM   #13 
     - After joining DU and signing various Democratic-sponsored petitions,  mcscajun   Jan-14-07 06:47 PM   #14 
  - The government is not after you ...  RoyGBiv   Jan-14-07 06:32 PM   #11 
  - Anyone know about the new AOL free security system that  WiseButAngrySara   Jan-14-07 06:33 PM   #12 
  - I am no longer using AOL for my ISP because I think they, and their  kestrel91316   Jan-14-07 10:28 PM   #23 
     - You had AOL on this?  RoyGBiv   Jan-15-07 01:28 AM   #25 
        - AOL is probably part of the reason why my home computer is  kestrel91316   Jan-15-07 11:04 AM   #27 
  - its possible  quinnox   Jan-14-07 06:57 PM   #16 
  - a lot of dell stuff comes with images of installation disks and other stuff  seabeyond   Jan-14-07 07:02 PM   #17 
  - Same with me - I'm doing it on my other computer now...  TankLV   Jan-14-07 08:03 PM   #18 
  - perhaps someone could tell me how  windbreeze   Jan-14-07 08:45 PM   #19 
  - Norton is known "bad-ware". Huge system resource hog, among other things.  BlooInBloo   Jan-14-07 08:51 PM   #21 
  - If I get too clogged up in the future (unlikely), I can always get a bigger  kestrel91316   Jan-14-07 10:34 PM   #24 
  - Might have been a return to Dell?  NNN0LHI   Jan-15-07 01:38 AM   #26 
  - It's not a conspiracy, Norton just SUCKS! Use AVG Free.  Beelzebud   Jan-15-07 11:07 AM   #28 
  - Norton is the worst -- it's true  BushDespiser12   Jan-15-07 11:13 AM   #31 
     - AVG + Firefox = Smooth Web Browsing.  Beelzebud   Jan-15-07 11:17 AM   #32 
  - I Had A Similar Experience  demrabble   Jan-15-07 11:09 AM   #29 
  - That reminds me of something that happened from the start -  kestrel91316   Jan-15-07 11:43 AM   #34 
  - Ya - probably the Norton. - sucks is being kind.  Rosemary2205   Jan-15-07 11:10 AM   #30 
  - Honestly, Norton should be sued for how bad their program sucks.  Beelzebud   Jan-15-07 11:18 AM   #33 
  - I know a lot of computers come....  sutz12   Jan-15-07 11:46 AM   #35 

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