[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
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').
> 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?
cricinfo123 at btv.org wrote:
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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
Steve Walker, Senior Lecturer
School of Information Management
Leeds Metropolitan University
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