Ron Paul Spam is Real

Despite my being questioned the other day as to the legitimacy of getting Ron Paul spam mail, it has now been fully confirmed. ARS Technica reports that the pattern of Ron Paul spam discovered by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Computer Forensic Research department was “disturbing”. The story at Digg has been dugg over 850 times as of this writing - with over 550 comments comprising the normal vitriol and banter typical of anything having to do with Ron Paul.

The Ron Paul camp, in response, said it was the “first they heard of this” and went on to say that “it could be done by a well-intentioned yet misguided supporter or someone with bad intentions trying to embarrass the campaign. Either way, this is independent work, and we have no connection.”

Which is what I suggested they should have said two days ago. I fully support their conclusion that it is likely being done by a misguided supporter, although I can’t agree with their assessment that the spammer was well-intentioned. I’ve sort of yet to meet a well-intentioned spammer - or Ron Paul supporter, for that matter. Okay, I’m just kidding about the last part. Calm down, you RP’ers.

Too bad the Ron Paul Campaign doesn’t read my blog or else they would have known about it the day before ARS Technica covered the story.

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Strangely, this spambot was able to create over 1,000 meetup groups composed of over 55,000 other spambots and won not only the vast majority of online polls, but the majority of all straw polls for Ron Paul. Most bizarre, however, is the fact that this robot managed to spam more than $2.6 million to the Ron Paul campaign in the month of October alone.

Maybe the other candidates need to look into getting one of these ‘robots’.

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