That Ron Paul Spam Came From a Global Spambot Network

October 31st, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Wired — ‘Criminal’ Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege :

“If Texas congressman Ron Paul is elected president in 2008, he may be the first leader of the free world put into power with the help of a global network of hacked PCs spewing spam, according to computer-security researchers who’ve analyzed a recent flurry of e-mail supporting the long-shot Republican candidate.

“‘This is clearly a criminal act in support of a campaign, which has been committed with or without their knowledge,’ says Gary Warner, the University of Alabama’s director of research in computer forensics. ‘The question is, will we see more and more of this, or will this bring shame to the campaigns and will they make clear that this is not a form of acceptable behavior by their supporters?’ Warner pointed to provisions of the federal Can-Spam Act.

“Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton says the campaign has no knowledge of the scam.”

I was no more annoyed by that spam than any other. And the bit about RFID implants actually encouraged me to go look at again, which encouraged further reading on other issues. I can only imagine the amount of learning I’ll indulge in when I get a spam that leads with “Only Hillary Can Protects Us From the Carnivorous Dino-Bot Invasion!”


  1. Tara says:

    November 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm (#)

    Ron Paul Campaign Under Cyber Attack

    There has been a recent flurry of news articles that have made the conjecture that the Ron Paul campaign or his supporters are in possession of a botnet and are using it to generate spam emails for the candidate. I have been in the business of computer technology for a long time and have good friends in the IT security business and we have discussed this at length. Cui-bono (who benefits)

    I find it far more likely that this botnet spam attack is not the design of the Paul campaign or any of its supporters. It is far more likely that this is the release of a first round of direct cyber attack against the Ron Paul campaign. I base this opinion on the fact that the attack is becoming clearly targeted at the youtube videos of Ron Paul. Youtube links to his videos are beginning to be inserted into the the body of these spam message and as a direct result the video’s are being pulled by youtube for violation of their terms of use policy.

    This attack method can do far more harm than good for the Ron Paul campaign so I will make a guess that this is the work of those in the NSA using cyber war tactics out of loyalty or possibly under orders to use this stealth attack method to derail the Ron Paul campaign by using the campaign’s online strength against them.

    I expect that after these attackers have used this method to remove the best google and youtube videos touting the Ron Paul campaign, that the attack method will change and will then go after other key components of the campaign’s online strength such as the Web 2.0 communities. These utilities will likely be spammed and the organizations using the applications will be banned from their use.

    This is nefarious and demonstrates the kind of tactics that the establishment could use to serve their interest in stopping the advance of Ron Paul and the Revolution for freedom that he is leading as well as his Presidential bid. I can only hope that the Ron Paul online army has some equally talented cyber warriors that can help stop this attack before it is ramped up even further.

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