BitDefender Captures Spam Used to Influence U.S. Presidential Election
BUCHAREST, Romania √ October 29, 2007 √ BitDefender╝, an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, today found that a large wave of unsolicited e-mails exhorting the qualities of Ron Paul as a candidate for the U.S. presidency are being captured by BitDefender spam filters.
The spam e-mails originate from many different computers, with a wide geographical distribution, making BitDefender specialists suspect that the spammer is using a ⌠bot■ network for his "run.■
The e-mails appear to have false ⌠To:■ fields √ a hallmark of spam √ making it highly unlikely that this is part of a legitimate campaign.
"We haven't observed any previous cases of using spam to try and influence a presidential campaign, in the USA or elsewhere,■ declared Vlad Valceanu, head of BitDefender▓s antispam unit. ⌠It remains to be seen what impact (if any) this incident has on the outcome of the election, but it's certainly a worrying incident, as people of other political inclinations may feel compelled to counter with some spam of their own.■
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