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Maybe it's just me.  I signed up on the Obama web site last year.  For this purpose I used a seldom used email account.  This past winter that email account started to receive spam.  And now the spam has escalated to the phishing type emails.  The kind that purport to be coming from a legitimate web site (Amazon, WalMart, etc.).  They all have links in the email that text wise say one thing but really go to crooked web sites.

So I suspect somewhere along the way someone inside the Obama web site either scammed the email accounts of Obama supporters or the Obama camp sold the email accounts to 3rd parties that then were skimmed off for spam.

Has anyone else seen this kind of activity?  


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  •  Not once. n/t (5+ / 0-)

    "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

    by Yasuragi on Thu May 16, 2013 at 09:58:18 AM PDT

  •  or (3+ / 0-)
    So I suspect somewhere along the way someone inside the Obama web site either scammed the email accounts of Obama supporters or the Obama camp sold the email accounts to 3rd parties that then were skimmed off for spam.
    any other site that you ever gave that email to gave it to some one else...

    Seems a pretty big leap from a spammed email to "the Obama camp sold the email accounts"

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Thu May 16, 2013 at 10:30:02 AM PDT

  •  No n/t (3+ / 0-)

    Trade always exists for the traders. Any time you hear businessmen debating "which policy is better for America," don’t bend over. -George Carlin-

    by not4morewars on Thu May 16, 2013 at 10:50:38 AM PDT

  •  I work with spam for a living (10+ / 0-)

    not on the sending side, but on the fighting side, just to be clear.

    There's more than one way for a spammer to get your address.  One way is called a "directory harvest attack" -- it's essentially a brute force dictionary attack to find valid usernames in a given domain.  e.g. the spammer will send to,,, etc. and see which ones are accepted and which ones bounce back.  It's possible to get spam on an address that has never been used for anything by this method.

  •  I've gotten stuff like that for years (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Eyesbright, WakeUpNeo

    The level of activity ebbs and flows with little rhyme or reason. Although I have occasionally received messages from friends saying their email accounts have been hacked (sometimes preceded by pleas for money or bogus offers of jobs), for the most part it appears to be random. In fact even when the message purports to be from someone I know it turns out that a name of a person I often receive legitimate emails from comes attached to a random email address which most certainly doesn't belong to that person.

    I don't think it has much, or anything, to do with OFA.

  •  I am your long lost uncle from overseas. (0+ / 0-)

    Please give me your social security number and bank account so I can send you sixteen million dollars.

  •  It is far, far more likely that somebody used (0+ / 0-)

    a random number generator to generate email addresses and hit yours by pure chance than it is that anybody associated with Obama would even sell your address, for they are perfect beings. Didn't you know?

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:18:59 PM PDT

  •  I always get spam. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's just about the only given of internet existence.

  •  Political spam: here's what I learned this week (1+ / 0-)
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    One night, after spending hours here, I checked my gmail one more time before logging out.  There was a piece of political spam in my inbox from a guy/org I had never heard of.  Now, this is rare because gmail is pretty good at spam-filtering and I've been directing political emails to spam for a long time.  It was late, I was cranky, the sender's address looked like an actual person (not a 'info@' or something like that) so I zapped back an email saying:

    'How the fuck did you get my email?  Please respond.'

    Well, the guy responded, and in a very gentlemanly way.  Since I had just participated in a comment thread on a diary about 'why are we getting all these political emails, and why are they always asking for money?', I had a lot to say.  So in three long emails over the next 24 hours, I laid out for him my complaints, and the complaints I had seen others express here.

    He was a gentleman and and a scholar throughout, and here's what I learned from him:

    In 2010, I signed an online petition in support of a March On Washington.  The petition (and the March?) had its own organization-name, although it was put on by MoveOn.  "20+ groups" were coordinating with MoveOn, including the group the guy (I'll call him Sam) was involved with at that time.  All 20+ groups were given access to the resulting address database to use for their own purposes, which Sam described as "standard practice".

    Now, Sam's group has gone through at least two different iterations since 2010.  And I had been offline (due to poverty) for two long chunks of time in the last 18 months, and the first thing I did when I got online again was to mark all the political emails that had accrued  as spam.  So Sam's records showed that I had been receiving his emails without complaint for quite some time.

    Okay, long story, but just to provide context for one of the long emails I sent to Sam.  

    My head exploded over those 20+ groups, and I think yours should too.  Just ONE event, in 2010, resulted in unknown thousands of names/addresses appropriated by MoveOn and shared with TWENTY-PLUS GROUPS, each of which may have split and split again over the last 2-3 years.  And EACH of those groups following the 'standard practice' of assuming that, because someone signed a petition, that person was asking for or permitting ongoing emails from ALL of those groups.  And each of those groups (and possibly their offshoots) sending multiple mailings each year . . . the mind boggles.  

    And who's to say that somebody, somewhere, among all those groups didn't sell the list, or that somebody's computer didn't get hacked or invaded by an address-stealing virus?

    There are plenty of ways to get on spam lists.  And spam is 'unsolicited email' -- meaning that if you didn't actively and affirmatively request to receive emails from a group, any email you get from them is spam.

    Remember that comment thread I mentioned at the top of this comment?  I entered it when somebody raised the question of 'is it worthwhile to sign petitions or not'.  My comment was to the effect that I don't sign them any more because I don't see them as effective, and because the only visible result of one signature is getting a bunch of political spam from groups you'd never heard of.  I wrote that a day or so before finding Sam's email in my Inbox -- and Sam's email was in my Inbox because I signed another organization's petition in 2010.

    Use your spam filters.

    •  And check the privacy policies of sites you use. (1+ / 0-)
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      Especially before giving up any private information.

      And recognize that any site can probably be hacked, too.

      It can and does happen, quite regularly.

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