Feb. 25th, 2013

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LOL oh my gawwwdd

So I am used to getting liberal political spam, since some-or-other website I signed up with at some point sends it and I'm too lazy to do anything about it and I find the alarmist email titles amusing sometimes.

But I just got something from 'sons@liberty.net'. The title of the email is 'Gun Control Is Treason'. The first sentence is: Overwhelming evidence has surfaced to prove that Sandy Hook is a hoax.

It's basically a conspiracy screed, of the kind of conspiracy that some people in the extreme right tend towards. Comparisons to Hitler abound (although they don't specify exactly WHO they're comparing to Hitler - ad lib your least favorite liberal politician if you aren't yet paranoid enough to hate the entire government, I suppose?)

Oh, wait. Nevermind: While the threat of a crazy gunman exists, it pales in comparison to the threat of a murderous government.

Izzit so? LOL. The email posits that Sandy Hook was staged to drum up political support for gun control.

Apparently I am not the only one to have received this email from them, nor the only one with no clue where they got my email address from. However, I doubt it is from the actual Sons of Liberty, as per their contact information they use @gmail.com addresses; although it is possible that they are masking their email address to make it sound cooler, it's more likely someone posing as them (possibly masking their email address, although it looks like the domain liberty.net is owned by someone who has not set up an actual site on the domain, so they could have purchased it just for this purpose). I think it's likely they're also ripping the contact information for people getting liberal spam mail.

For what purpose? Well, there are no links or attachments in the email. It's possible that the email contains a virus within the body of the message - it would be new behavior for these kinds of viruses, TMK, but it's possible. Leaving aside that possibility (since it's boring) we're left with two:

1. It is someone who agrees with the message, and thinks this is the best way to spread it. Not entirely unlikely; although honestly the message reads like it was copy+pasted from an article from Sons of Liberty themselves, intended for an audience already familiar with and/or in agreement with their views, it is possible (or even probable) that some of that audience found the article so convincing and evocative that they felt it needed a wider audience.

2. It is someone who does not agree with the message, trying to either spread the knowledge of what Sons of Liberty believe, or make them look like spammers.

I'm thinking 2 is more likely, since I've found that several liberal blogs seem to have received the email first (from a variety of different email addresses - sons@liberty.net seems to be the one attached to the most recent wave) and are having the predictable response of blogging about how crazy right-wing nuts are. Which I think pretty much settles the question. (Also, said recipients confirm that the email is plain-text only, which I couldn't figure out how to do with AOL, one of the big reasons I've finally decided to stop using it. The other reason being that it's terrible.)

So, yeah, that was my day so far. Investigating spam email. HOW HAS YOURS BEEN? 6 u 9


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