US Presidential candidate spamming?

Filed Under: SophosLabs, Spam

We all know most involved in politics use email as a method to fund-raise, communicate with their supporters, garner more support, etc.. More often than not, these parties send to lists mostly consisting of people that asked for their mail (opt-in), as publicity generated from spamming would likely have a significant negative effect on their campaign. Beginning this past weekend however, politically motivated messages being sent from "botnets" began hitting SophosLabs spamtraps with the purpose of gaining support for US presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Ron Paul spam sample

After reading it for the first time, it would be easy to believe Ron Paul, or members of his campaign were behind these messages, however in reality it could have been anyone. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, this has on his campaign.

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About the author

Brett is a Technical Lead in the AntiSpam Operations team within SophosLabs. He has been working for Sophos since their acquisition of ActiveState in 2003.