Yes, two of the many senders of SIRCAM to me were unknown... that was my
first question: how did I get in their Outlook address book? Or is this a
spammer? [As Carter theorized]. I even got one of the Spanish version of
Another thing I wondered about was... am I spanning structural holes with
these people that are sending me the virus -- do they know each other? And
could I in return span structural holes and pass the virus on to unconnected
communities thus helping it spread? Luckily I use a Mac to interface to the
internet [safe computing!] and therefore all Windows viruses arrive DOA and
A question for Tom V. and Martina M... if the SOCNET community used mostly
non-Windows machines [most viruses and worms are written for Windows OSes]
would we become a 'virus sink'? Viruses would arrive from our colleagues,
but we would not pass them on and infect others. Another good argument
against the homogeneous monopoly of Microsoft?
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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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