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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:46 AM
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Who's getting spam with political subject lines?
In one of my email accounts--not one I use often and certainly not one with a public address--I've been getting a LOT of spam with subject lines that seem to be tailored to my political interests. For instance:

"I expect to continue to represent th...
A prosecutor said the case will go be...
According to the affidavit, the inves..
"Nothing I have learned in the last 4...
The Israeli army said Hamed "mastermi...
Countrywatch:Israel
O'Reilley turned down a request by CNN

These all turn out to be ads for appetite suppresents or something.

One thing I HAVE done with this email account in recent years is to donate to some candidates. This leads me to believe that someone, somewhere, has gotten their hands on a candidate's email list and is using it to send out a pile of specialized spam.
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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:49 AM
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1. Yes, and it has been increasing, a lot, in the last couple weeks.
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:56 AM
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3. Same here.
Just a new variation on the same old shit.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:51 AM
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2. I am too
on my personal email that I don't give out to many..
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:56 AM
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4. Check out 'spambayes'
http://spambayes.sourceforge.net /

I'm very happy with it because it actually works. It's free too!
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Sal Minella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 11:58 AM
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5. Mine are breaking-news story leads -- but coming from individuals, not
news sources, i.e. "Tammy Futzmuddle" is sending me "U.S. willing to talk to Iran."

I HAVEN'T donated to candidates (only because I can't afford to) and am suddenly getting a couple dozen a day like this, and the one I accidentally opened was a drug ad. Easy to spot, easy to delete.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 12:12 PM
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6. I have. A lot.
A hell of a lot. Mostly sounding like stories of interest either to dems or addressing things that I've posted.

I have user accounts at maybe 5-6 'political' sites, and at a mess of newspapers. Some have suffered from long disuse and neglect. I actively read three of them, but only post here. Some of the accounts are at an older e-mail address; that gets almost no spam.

A couple of options:
--spyware's reporting what URLs I look at and what things I've read. I constantly update an anti-spyware program and run it. I always clean out things.
There are two problems with this: My reading is eclectic. When I was anti-Soviet before being anti-Soviet was popular, I read American papers *and* Pravda, Izvestiia, and Literaturnaia gazeta. Now I read dem and RW sites, progressive and strongly Islamic sources. Why the spam has such a liberal bias can't be accounted for straightforwardly, I don't think.
Then there's the reason why they would focus on just one e-mail address, and not on the others that I routinely check and one of which I sometimes use.
A possible explanation would be to invoke frequency: most URLs are dem/liberal/progressive, and most of the e-mail is sent using one account.

--one or more of the accounts linked to my usual ISP e-mail address has been hacked. My leading candidate is DU. After I make a couple of linguisticky posts here there's a spike in linguisticky spam. But that doesn't rule out that something is 'reading' my posts, so it's my computer that's been hacked, not DU.

Come to think of it, I can test this. I think I will tomorrow, when I have access to my wife's computer.
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meisje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-06-06 12:14 PM
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7. Who isn't?
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