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Obama Beats McCain In Spam Landslide

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-unfortunate dept.

Spam 154

An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times runs an article about the spammers' choice of presidential candidate. From the article: 'According to Secure Computing Corp., spammers were nearly seven times more likely to slap Obama's name in the subject line than McCain's during September. The bulk of Obama's lead in the spam wars came from a massive blitz early in the month.' Secure Computing released additonal numbers for the past weeks, and McCain was able to close the gap in the latest spammers' poll."

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This is stupid. (3, Insightful)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298279)

This is such non-news. Does anyone really care who spammers use in a subject line for spam?

Political interest? (5, Insightful)

phorm (591458) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298411)

Seems to me that the spammers must be working on a basis of whatever words most likely to interest the reader into clicking further, so it's perhaps an indicator of how interesting "person X" is overall at a given time. I've seen various celebrity names pop up, and I believe that Obama's did awhile back before the newer spams containing Palin's name in conjunction with various sexual keywords.

Re:Political interest? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298625)

I'm analyzing spam headers is part of your job description, otherwise you have way too much spare time :D

Re:Political interest? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298629)

Gah! That should read: "I'm hoping analyzing spam headers".

Technically, it is (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299045)

Depends on the SPAM header, but if we're getting a lot of any particular SPAM variety, then adding a rule which will tag+filter/trash it without killing off legit mail is part of the job.

Re:Technically, it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300191)

Better kill all mails including Obama in the subject line then... ;)

Re:Technically, it is (3, Funny)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300781)

Surely that would be the X-Spam header?

Now... all we have to do is get the spammers to start using it, and we can all get on with our real jobs ;)

Re:Political interest? (5, Interesting)

jrp2 (458093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299593)

"I'm (hoping) analyzing spam headers is part of your job description, otherwise you have way too much spare time :D"

I know I look at my spam folder and could come up with similar "analysis" without spending much time or effort. It is usually pretty obvious what the trends are.

Most of us know that spam filters are not perfect, so we scan our spam folders for false positives. Every now and then I open one up, mostly just curious as to what the scam is.

A few months ago I opened one up. It was an email confirming my registration with some dating site. I was perusing it, looking for the scam, when I noticed it had the last 4 digits of the credit card used to open this account. Strangely, it was the same as my credit card!

I checked my bank website and sure enough, somebody was using my credit card. They foolishly used my email account, and I use unique email addresses when I buy things online. I canceled my card immediately and contacted the company associated with that email address.

I convinced them it was likely real and suggested they contact a security firm. Sure enough, a few days later, the FBI called and thanked me for being persistent and asked for any more info I had. They indeed had been hacked (SQL injection), about a year earlier, and about 90% of the credit cards used at that site over the last year had been canceled due to fraud.

In my case, I was able to cancel my card within hours of it being compromised, and about $1000 worth of fraudulent purchases wiped off my card with almost no questions. It would have been a lot uglier and more hassle if I did not catch this until the statement came. I now get a daily statement in email and scan it thoroughly.

Bottom line, a little basic analysis of your spam is a good idea. Doesn't have to be your job to find benefit. To the best of my knowledge nobody got busted, but that gaping hole was fixed, and that company now uses a trusted service for their shopping cart application.

Re:Political interest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298715)

Does this have /anything/ to do with the post you're replying to?

Re:Political interest? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298771)

who spammers use in a subject line for spam

it's perhaps an indicator of how interesting "person X" is overall at a given time

Re:Political interest? (1)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300149)

No, this indicates that the spammers are clearly targeting the more gullible of the population. A person who is interested in Obama is more likely to fall for the scam so let's target our spam at them. The others are just too smart for us.

Actually what I worry about more (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298977)

is the amount of spam email I get that is blatantly pro-Obama propaganda.

Either his campaign is hiring them, or someone who supports him is spending a HELL of a lot of money (and violating campaign finance laws) hiring them.

I don't vote for spammers or corrupt chicago crooks. Therefore, I won't vote Obama.

You too? (2, Informative)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299139)

I tried to submit stories on this MONTHS ago, after the Obama campaign somehow got my email and started sending me their constant spam messages. Content directly traced back, emails all about their campaign stops, from "David Plouffe", "Michele Obama", links to their blog entries on the official Obama site, etc... but the headers most DEFINITELY through known spam houses and zombie spam networks.

For some reason, Slashdot wasn't interested that the Obama campaign does this. I'd think it should be a major concern to us - not only is he corrupt, but he's in bed with the spammers. That doesn't bode well for tech issues for us if he gets elected...

Re:You too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300097)

punch yourself in the neck for me, please.

Re:You too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300133)

That doesn't bode well for tech issues for us if he gets elected...

Don't worry, I'm sure Biden (Mr. RIAA) will set him straight...

Re:You too? (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300283)

Although I wouldn't put it past anyone's campaign to do these kinds of things, it's quite possible that there are simply a large number of loose cannons in the spam world who want to do Obama a favor by spreading his name around. Let's face it, spammers and their targets are not the sharpest knives in the drawer so the spammers are likely to think they are helping their candidate even if they're not, and as to intended spam targets, well, they're an oblique proof of evolution in that apparently it sometimes doesn't work.

Trust me, I'm no fan of Obama. I think he'll be a disaster for this country worse than the disasters we've had in recent years (i.e., "change" does not mean "improvement"). This will be a victory for the last dregs of the 60's radicals who will finally achieve their goal of gaining enough political power to ruin this country once and for all. Just as it was with Clinton and Carter, it's not the President I fear as much as the people he'll appoint. Clinton wasn't an awful President and with the Republican Congress, achieved some really good things. On the other hand, his Cabinet members had a pretty awful track record (including plenty of indictments and resignations under less than ideal circumstances). Can you imagine William Ayers as the Secretary of HUD or Education?

Anyhow, to get back on topic, I would not _assume_, however, that Obama or his campaign is behind any spam campaigns. I wouldn't put it past the campaigners, many of whom are likely to do things the candidate would not support. And Obama has a history of playing hardball (not always clean), but this is probably the work of well-meaning idiots.

Re:You too? (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300309)

I signed up for Obama campaign email notices to my personal mail and I don't notice them spamming me. I mean, it has picked up since the debates started and the election gets close. I can't really call it spam because the most I've seen is one email a day for three days then they're quiet again until another issue pops up.

Small problem (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300711)

Small problem:

I NEVER signed up for Obama campaign mail. In fact, after they repeatedly ignored my unsubscribe demands, I called them via voice to demand they remove my name and email from any of their lists (I don't need my work email clogged with their spam, I have enough trouble sorting what comes through that's actually relevant).

I can guarantee you, I've been receiving the same ones you are. The reply-to address changes names from "Barack Obama", "Michele Obama", "David Plouffe", etc, but the underlying address is always "info@barackobama.com" and it always has their "how to unsubscribe" boilerplate at the bottom that goes directly to a page that CLAIMS it'll remove the address from their lists, but never does.

Re:You too? (2, Interesting)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300503)

Do you live in Missouri?
I have a hypothesis: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=Break+in+Republican+laptop [google.com]

Another hypothesis could be that people are signing up their "friends" (often inadvertently, but sometimes on purpose). This was really popular back in college (as I recall) by signing up known person's emails as a prank.
Remember at the Dem's convention they were collecting cell phone numbers of the numbers of family and friends of the Dem Convention attendees cell phones.

Another variant on this is that someone is likely harvesting addresses from the headers from those silly blanket-her-entire-email-list jokes my sweet and dear 65-year-old aunt keeps sending the whole family et al following her discovery of the "free postage" part of email.
If I ever forward any message to a large group, I BCC them all...

Based on this, I would not put it past them... http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=acorn+voter+registration+fraud&aq=1&oq=ACORN+voter+registration+fraud [google.com]
It is notable that Mr. Obama was a very strong 'community organizer' for this group and he actively donated his lawyerly skills for the group's benefit for years as well.

Re:You too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300823)

Who do you think bought up www.myspaec.com (just trust me on this, click the link)? Is this even legal?

Re:Actually what I worry about more (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25299333)

How is this a Troll? Because the AC has the gall to say something negative about Obama?

Last time I checked, "Freedom of Speech" actually meant something in this country--regardless of political preference.

Re:Actually what I worry about more (4, Informative)

deroby (568773) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299861)

Oh come on,
I've gotten plenty of Obama or/vs McCain mails too and I have a .be email address for gods sake.

These mails are NOT targeted, they are just sent out at random based on some lousy email-list; So yes, that implies they are coming from some spammer/bot-net.
However, receiving a mail from candidate X does not necessarily mean that X (or his spin-team) asked given spammer to send these out. Jumping to that conclusion is just bad-mouthing IMHO. In fact, I find it much more likely that
    * the spammer is simply sending out spam to un-train the filters
    * the spammer prefers candidate Y and tries to make X look bad by drowning people in annoying X-spam, whether Y paid given spammer for this or not is impossible for me to find out.
    * the message contains some malicious payload

Frankly, I don't care, it's going straight to the recycle bin anyway.

Re:Actually what I worry about more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300303)

That is amazing because a large amount of the spam I get it is anti-Obama propaganda. I can't think of any pro-Obama spam I have ever received, although I admit to only skimming through my spam about once a week so maybe I missed something in there.

Re:Political interest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25299925)

If spammers were really that smart at working out what we do or do not like do you really think they would be sending us spam in the first place?
Let alone pen15 enl@rg3m3nt and m0rtg@g3s

Re:Political interest? (2, Informative)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300851)

They probably just scrape headlines and look for common words that are proper nouns (capitalized) hoping that these will attract interest. Obama has had more hype than McCain for the most part.

http://www.google.com/trends?q=obama%2C+mccain&ctab=0&geo=US&geor=all&date=2008&sort=1 [google.com]

Most likely because, like Palin, he entered the national spotlight suddenly and so people aren't as familiar with him as they are with McCain.

Re:This is stupid. (2, Insightful)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298577)

It is at least as relevant as the Halloween mask race. Well it could be. That is why it is interesting.

Obama Obama Obama (1, Funny)

MazzThePianoman (996530) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299651)

Lets see how many mod points I get for my post subject.

Re:Obama Obama Obama (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300241)

looks like you get none... FTL

Re:This is stupid. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25299929)

I don't know. It seems to mean that spammers must realize an obama voter is 7 times more likely to be fooled, which is what they want.

Re:This is stupid. (0, Troll)

wclacy (870064) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300231)

This may be non-news. But I still think that Obama has more Spam coming out of his mouth than any other candidate.

You have to be careful with those slick snake oil salesman.

Re:This is stupid. (1)

dbmasters (796248) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300555)

Probably the same people that pay attention to who celebrities in Hollyweird support...

figures (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298285)

did y'all watch the debate last night? Not one question on shaved beaver! Why won't they discuss the issues that matter to Americans?

Re:figures (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298361)

I thought a shaven-raven was the one thing the candidates could agree upon! Maybe McCain prefers some sort of pubic comb-over, while Obama is more a fan of the tight-and-curly?

*sigh* and we wonder why there are no women on Slashdot.

Re:figures (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298539)

You children annoy me. A shaved gash has zero personality. Every bush is as individual as a snowflake; it has a color, a shape, density, length, in short - personality. It says a lot about the woman who has it. Is it a natural 'fro, lightly trimmed, radically trimmed, a landing strip, a Hitler mustache? Meanwhile, a shaved gash is a gash, is a gash, is a gash - except when there's sandpapery stubble. Grow up. Women have hair on their pussies. It's part of the fun. Deal with it.

Re:figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25300487)

do you also prefer women with hairy legs, hairy armpits, and a moustache?

419 (4, Funny)

InspectorxGadget (1230170) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298311)

But who do the 419 scam jerks want?

Re:419 (5, Funny)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298471)

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson -- The Latest Nigerian 419 Scam Letter [sillivant.com]

Re:419 (2, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298617)

I'd love to help, and I will do so as soon as my transfer fees are processed in order to help this friendly nigerian prince recover his lost millions. I know get-rich-quick schemes don't usually work, but I have a feeling this one will make me rich... and QUICK!

Duh! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298317)

Clearly there's no point in the spammers forging the send as McCain, he openly admits he doesn't know how to use email!

Re:Duh! (2, Funny)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298669)

they already do [slashdot.org]

Re:Duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25299501)

Ah, but he's aware of "the email"...

Obama is the king on internet. (4, Informative)

dslmodem (733085) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298343)

We have observed that negative posts on Obama have been deleted on Google, Yahoo, and various news/blog sites.

Google is evil! (5, Interesting)

dslmodem (733085) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298371)

A few more words... On youtube, Videos against Obama posted by Hillary/McCain supporters or independents have low click counts and posts against Obama are frequently missing. This begins the age of internet Big Brother!

Re:Google is evil! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298397)

A few more words... On youtube, Videos against Obama posted by Hillary/McCain supporters or independents have low click counts and posts against Obama are frequently missing. This begins the age of internet Big Brother!

Hint: Using the N word will get something censored.

Re:Google is evil! (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298499)

Nobama?

No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298607)

They're saying that Obama is a Nothing. Don't vote for him.

Re:Google is evil! (0)

dslmodem (733085) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298633)

If it is F/N word, it should be censored. How about low click counts? There were a bunch of videos marked with 200+ count for days which they are very popular in the community. People should stand up and against this new form of Big Brother.

oh iiiiis it. (1, Flamebait)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298433)

people willingly omitting slanderous and unfounded crap about other people from their websites has been here since the dawn of internet.

and the person you label as 'big brother' openly declares support about net neutrality and lectures about what freedom and equal opportunity means to internet and how it is tied to network neutrality on his website and policies.

dont spurt crap without knowing about what you speak about next time.

Re:oh iiiiis it. (3, Insightful)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299327)

and the person you label as 'big brother' openly declares support about net neutrality and lectures about what freedom and equal opportunity means to internet and how it is tied to network neutrality on his website and policies.

Politicians preaching one thing and practicing the exact opposite has been around since the dawn of politics.

Re:oh iiiiis it. (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299743)

it has been around but it is not an all encompassing rule.

Re:Google is evil! (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300629)

I started noticing a certain "bug" on youtube where certain clips would be stuck at 200-300 views, yet have more ratings and comments than the view count. It first popped up on Ron Paul and other political videos. The bug would last long enough to keep the clip out of any most viewed category on the main page.

I've been using youtube since its inception and have only noticed this "bug" on political clips. It would be great if someone could share an experience of this "bug" on a non-political clip.

It is also odd that Google Video recently took the view count off their videos. The top 10 lists on google video used to be filled with alternative media documentaries, but after the change they show up less often.

Re:Obama is the king on internet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298759)

It was I, a soldier of the great Aryan Nation who has deleted those posts. You see I feel like he will make a much better statement if he wins as president and we pick him off during his inauguration speech, thus making the leader the racial superior that is running as the vice president.

No surprise (5, Funny)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298351)

Spammers peddle in CHANGE (in size) and HOPE (for a lower mortgage rate).

Easy explanation (1)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298387)

Spammers know that as long as politicians back the opinion that the public can't take care of themselves, and the public believe this opinion, there will never be any incentive for the ISP or email provider to more thoroughly filter spam. Instead, any legislation against spammers will be at the federal level, and thus ineffective against those overseas. The spam will continue to flow.

Then again, McCain is for the same nanny-state, so this explains nothing!

Re:Easy explanation (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298903)

I think you misunderstand the article.
This is not that the spammers have backed Obama with their support. It is that more spam delivered has the string 'Obama' than 'McCain' - it is a crude (but independant) measure of the popularity or current awareness of each individual.

Re:Easy explanation (1)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299255)

You're telling me that spam hasn't made you think more about your penis size than ever before?

Re:Easy explanation (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300483)

Instead, any legislation against spammers will be at the federal level, and thus ineffective against those overseas.

Overseas spammers can only profit from spamming Americans if Americans buy their products.

Americans buying products from overseas is international commerce. One of the legitimate enumerated powers of the federal government is "To regulate commerce with foreign nations".

A "no commerce with spammers" law would be well within the powers of the federal government.

OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298407)

Wow. Such an honor for Obama.

Re:OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298429)

This is a great day for democracy.

I can guess new titles : "That one" (-1, Troll)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298409)

one should have stood up and asked, 'which one, sen. mccain, your mother ?' ... but noone did.

Meaningful? (4, Insightful)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298431)

So thats the trend, but how is it meaningful?

If the spammers are doing it, I assume thats because the majority of their target customers are aligned similarly with Obama. Makes sense, since Obama's online presence is considerably more progressive than McCains... Still doesn't say a whole lot about anything.

Re:Meaningful? (2, Insightful)

Klaus_1250 (987230) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298557)

Still doesn't say a whole lot about anything.

Isn't that what politics is all about?

Re:Meaningful? (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298721)

I assume thats because the majority of their target customers are aligned similarly with Obama.

It could be the opposite - "OMG exclusive video of Obama eating babies !!!!eleventyone".

Disclaimer: Obama does not eat babies. But I heard he huffs kittens.

Re:Meaningful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298879)

Disclaimer: Obama does not eat babies. But I heard he huffs kittens.

Obama's cheesing?

That explains it. I knew I saw him in Nippopolis!

Re:Meaningful? (2, Insightful)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299757)

If the spammers are doing it, I assume thats because the majority of their target customers are aligned similarly with Obama.

but I thought only stupid people responded to spam. What could this mean?

ah yes, the yachting season is upon us again (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298443)

so a few old folks lost their retirement (where did it go, did it ever really exist?), or, is that just the way it is in the randoidian lazy-is-fair 'economy'.

hey mr. obama, we're having trouble supporting you as you've yet to come clean with what you know about the cloud spraying/fake 'weather', as well as a few other issues. don't let us down bud. we need someone whois going to be/stay up front with US. thank you.

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/10/07/atwood.debt/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=744b7cebc86723e5&ei=5087%0A
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/05/senate.iraq/index.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/middleeast/03kurdistan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080805/pl_politico/12308;_ylt=A0wNcxTPdJhILAYAVQms0NUE
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/18/voting.problems/index.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/opinion/04sat1.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
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Re:ah yes, the yachting season is upon us again (1)

MLease (652529) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298663)

Um.... A.D.D. much?

-Mike

Re:ah yes, the yachting season is upon us again (2, Insightful)

paazin (719486) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298693)

Cute, so even slashdot spam generally follows these guidelines.

Well Duh (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298447)

Think about the age range of people between party lines. The republican party targets older voters who are not likely to even own a computer.

Not to mention that the Democrats are pushing the get out and vote to first time voters who are more tech-savvy.

Re:Well Duh (1)

FourthLaw (1365279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298711)

Think about the age range of people between party lines. The republican party targets older voters who are not likely to even own a computer.

Not to mention that the Democrats are pushing the get out and vote to first time voters who are more tech-savvy.

Perhaps. Personally, I feel that it is completely tied to the makeup of the geographic area. I was convinced that technical people were predominately conservative until I found /. to balance it out. This perception was mainly due the region in which I worked.

Re:Well Duh (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298799)

You're confusing "technical people" with "/. users". The two intersect, but they aren't congruent.

Re:Well Duh (1)

FourthLaw (1365279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299419)

Ah. There's my bogey.

Re:Well Duh (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298815)

The republican party targets older voters who are not likely to even own a computer.

WTF are you talking about? Both parties cater to all age ranges. Yes, the youth 'hipster' crowd are more likely to vote Democrat, but not necessarily so. There are plenty of Young Republicans [yrnf.com] , too.

Also, I know plenty of older people who have and know how to use a computer.

This stereotypical image of old people as being technophobic is really out of date with the times [seniors-site.com] .

While you guys are busy fighting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25298449)

Dumb and dumber don't care. They got your cash either way. It doesn't matter who sits in what seat.

Obvious Link (4, Informative)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298501)

Obama is the candidate of choice by nearly 90% of the rest of the world. It's no secret that if you want people to read your spam, you'll put his name in the header. He's popular.

Re:Obvious Link (5, Funny)

eagee (1308589) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298665)

What are you saying, that the election is really a big popularity contest?! I feel so disillusioned.

Re:Obvious Link (1)

arielCo (995647) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298969)

No, he's saying (implying) that spam is a big popularity contest. In the same way that there's more Britney than say Sarah McLachlan in spam subjects, spammers apparently hope Obama will pique the interest of more foo... naive people worldwide.

Re:Obvious Link (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299061)

Obama is the candidate of choice by nearly 90% of the rest of the world. It's no secret that if you want people to read your spam, you'll put his name in the header. He's popular.

That's as may be, but spammers in general are simply idiots who try to exploit people that are even dumber than themselves. I think you are overestimating their intellectual capabilities by quite a wide margin.

IMO it is more likely that these spam campaigns are yet another way of trying to piss off voters with the candidate named in the subject.

Re:Obvious Link (1)

Tenek (738297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299383)

Spammers aren't idiots. They're making money by sending millions of e-mails to people who just might buy something. Most don't, but the cost is almost zero so it doesn't matter. Unethical, maybe, but not stupid.

Re:Obvious Link (1, Flamebait)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299449)

Or...maybe it's because they view Obama supporters as more gullible and likely to respond?

*ducks*

Re:Obvious Link (1)

dslmodem (733085) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299847)

90% of the rest of the world might hate USA as well. Look at those guys who pretended to by Canadians when traveling abroad!

ahhh in a perfect world... (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298559)

Who cares who spammers want to be President? In a perfect world, their right to vote would be forfeited and they would be in a 10'x12' cell.

Re:ahhh in a perfect world... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298667)

Way to RTFA.

Re:ahhh in a perfect world... (3, Funny)

lilo_booter (649045) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298687)

In a perfect world, their right to vote would be forfeited and they would be in a 10'x12' cell.

But in the real world of economic uncertainty, can we afford to give them that much space? Might be better to squeeze a few in there...

Re:ahhh in a perfect world... (1)

PalmKiller (174161) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298805)

Yea, 2 x 2 is plenty of room if you shackle them vertically...spammers do not deserve the best accommodations.

Re:ahhh in a perfect world... (1)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299777)

Yea, 2 x 2 is plenty of room if you shackle them vertically...spammers do not deserve the best accommodations.

How about we pack them in like sardines ... every second one upside down?

Re:ahhh in a perfect world... (4, Interesting)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 5 years ago | (#25298763)

Who cares who spammers want to be President? In a perfect world, their right to vote would be forfeited and they would be in a 10'x12' cell.

This has nothing to do with who spammers want to be president. This has to do with whose name spammers think will get somebody to click on a link.

My estimate is, they're probably right. Obama supporters will clilck to see what their candidate is up to, and Obama opposers will click to see what their opposition is up to.

McCain, on the other hand, usually isn't up to anything much. I doubt either side would be easily lured into clicking a link, because he's pretty boring.

Pics of hot chicks (1)

dwarg (1352059) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299179)

You put Obama in the subject line for the same reason you you use pictures of attractive women to sell products. Obviously men want to look at hot women, but marketing research shows women are more drawn to, and persuaded by, pictures of attractive women. Not for any sexual reason but due to competitive pressures women feel.

Right wingers can't get enough Obama email. Claiming he's a Muslim, talking about how much he hates America, tying him to terrorists, questioning his ethnicity, etc. I know because I have friends that forward it to me.

On the other hand, the lefties are so excited to finally have another candidate that can appear both intelligent AND human, after Kerry and Gore, they can't see/hear/read enough about Obama.

Re:Pics of hot chicks (1)

ZonkerWilliam (953437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300315)

On the other hand, the lefties are so excited to finally have another candidate that can appear both intelligent AND human, after Kerry and Gore, they can't see/hear/read enough about Obama.

Appearances aren't everything.

so by this measure (1)

i_hate_robots (922668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299269)

the true choice of spammers for president is "penis"?

So which party... (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299329)

...nominated Giant Tallywhacker?

rj

McCain email? (0, Troll)

steve263 (1067856) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299375)

Of COURSE the bulk of the emails would come with Obama's name in the subject line - everyone knows McCain is computer illiterate! Oh, and very few care to hear about McCain anyway.

Another phenomenon (1)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299437)

As predictable as "soup lines" touted on broadcast TV news when Democrats aren't in the White House, so are stories around this time, presenting to the side who doesn't own the media, showing how it's all over. No need to vote- we'll just walk away with it, thank you.

They did this with Kerry, Gore, now this latest empty suit.

I don't know who's going to win, but it won't be the American people.

Well... (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299497)

Spammers want to reach as many people as they can, and if they think Obama is ahead in the polls (whether he is or not), then they'll pick his name for the subject.

not impressed (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299729)

Rep. Ron Paul is still not impressed. ;-)

Have to say it. (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 5 years ago | (#25299801)

Because it is easier for them to spell.

My Favorite So Far.... (4, Funny)

gsmalleus (886346) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300217)

Every once in a while I like to read the subjects of mail in my spam folder for my own amusement. My favorite so far was what seemed to be a McCain pro-war spam crossed with a Viagra ad.

McCain says "I want to invade your vaginas"

*shrug* (1)

Hasai (131313) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300519)

Looks to me like the spammers think Obama supporters are more gullible than McCain supporters. . . .

. . . . Either that, or McCain supporters are less apt to have email accounts. . . .

There; I've been an equal-opportunity insulter, don't you think?

];)

Want to see what the market says about Obama / McC (1)

TechForensics (944258) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300575)

Just have a look at intrade.com. You can buy shares on the probability of Obama vs. McCain winning. The contracts on Obama now are statospheric. Want the best barometer? It is how people bet their money!

has anyone looked at that graph (1)

mehemiah (971799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25300821)

the occurances are directly correlating, the graph is almost symetric. That can't be a cooencidence. There must be some metric anomily that is being expressed here. Like perhaps, alphabetic choosing? from Wikipedia, on that day the first spike turned september 21 2008, heres what we get

# 2008 - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.

# 2008 - President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.

# 2008 - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.

# 2008 - Final baseball game played at Yankee Stadium

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