[Air-l] RE: Ethnic Spamming?? -- FWD:lakhani, incredible cricket

Walker, Steve [IES] S.Walker at lmu.ac.uk
Tue Mar 26 01:41:18 PST 2002


Karim, 

I'm not sure that the spammers as sophisticated as you imply. I got a copy of the same Cricinfo spam sent to the LTSC-LOM mailing list. A slightly different spin on this, though, is it's interesting to see that Cricinfo is resorting to these tactics. For any AIR-L people who share an interest in cricket, there's a fascinating piece on the evolution of the Cricinfo site (a volunteer-originated web site which has grown to become the sponsor of the main English domestic cricket tournament last season): Alastair Maclellan (2001), The Cricinfo Story, The New Ball Vol. 6 (an excellent journal, subtitled 'the best new cricket writing').

Steve


> Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 14:31:08 -0500 
> From: "Karim R. Lakhani" <lakhani at MIT.EDU> 
> Organization: MIT - G.W.F. Hegel  Centre for Dialectical Inquiry 
> To: air-l at aoir.org 
> Subject: [Air-l] Ethnic Spamming?? -- FWD:lakhani, incredible cricket 
> software released!] 
> Reply-To: air-l at aoir.org 
> 
> Hi All, 
> 
> This spam came as a real surprise to me.  Somehow these guys have 
> figured out that I am of South Asian descent and assumed that I like 
> cricket and thus my absolute need for "cricket score software." 
> 
> AFAIK, I have not signed up to any "indian" or "pakistani" or south 
> asian websites, they must have dredged e-mail addresses and then matched 
> them with ethnic names. 
> 
> Anyone else come across this fine grained spamming? 
> best, 
> 
> Karim 

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> _____________________________________________________________________ 
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> 
> -- 
> =================================== 
> Karim R. Lakhani 
> MIT Sloan School of Management 
> MIT Open Source Research Project 
> e-mail: lakhani at mit.edu 
> voice:  617-851-1224 
> fax:    617-344-0403 
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______________________________ 
Steve Walker, Senior Lecturer 
School of Information Management 
Leeds Metropolitan University 





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