Tuesday, October 30, 2007

'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul?

Sarah Lai Stirland writes on Wired News:

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.

More here.


At Tue Oct 30, 10:09:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutley false!!!

At Tue Oct 30, 10:33:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More deceit and more lies!

At Tue Oct 30, 11:08:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this juncture, there is absolutely ZERO evidence that the spam is being perpetrated by a Ron Paul supporter. It could easily be someone who opposes Ron Paul and decided to engage in this spam activity to bring bad publicity to his campaign.

Until we can determine what the actual source of these spam messages is, both theories hold equal weight.

At Wed Oct 31, 12:08:00 AM PDT, Blogger Fergie said...

Just to be clear here, one must understand a botnet to understand the issue(s) and scope of this.

Anyone can rent a botnet -- or a portion of one -- for any specialized spam run.

Understanding that, it shouldn't be to hard to understand that anyone could joe-job Mr. Paul, or the the contrary -- hype their candidate of choice.

- ferg


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