I, too, have received SirCam several times. Only once did it come from
someone I know. Of course that person uses Microsoft Outlook for email.
At least two of them were either in Spanish or from Spanish-speaking
people who apologized for their poor English.
I receive lots of "get rich quick" spam, but I also get a lot of "increase FULL
breast cup sizes," "if you need to lose 10, 20, 30 pounds," and "Get a FREE
Motorola Pager!" spam.
I started to write in this message how it might be interesting to survey the
readers of SOCNET concerning this. I actually had written a list of
questions, but then I decided to make it easy for you to respond, so I took
them out of this message and am putting together a little web page with the
survey on it. I will collect the responses to this survey, analyze and summarize
them, and report in an upcoming issue of CONNECTIONS.
Click on the following link to see the survey (it will be active on July 29).
In the meantime, some Spam haiku for you:
Burnt SPAM floats on top
Pork rinds, sausage, souse,
Bacon, salami, pork chops...
None equal to SPAM.
White House lawn party,
The paté is imported.
Dubya, shame on you.
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Barry Wellman wrote:
> I've just received the SirCam virus for the 4th time.
> NP: I just deleted.
> But 3 out of the 4 times, it came from a person and e-address that I never
> heard of.
> Two possibilities swim in my brain:
> 1. This is a Granovetterian moment, in which weak ties are 'efficiently'
> distributing the virus to a wide range of groups.
> 2. The virus has infected spammers, and so is broadcasting from spam "get
> rich quick" lists.
> PS: As an aside, I only get 'get rich quick' spam. Others I know get only
> 'porn' spam. Is this a case of network path dependency: the initial spam
> lists you are on determine who your name will be sold to for other
> spammers use?
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