Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The hilarity of spam (State Dept. edition)

Three years ago, I had a pretty funny run-in with a spammer with a sense of humor. Instead of just spamming people, he hacked a mailing list, and spammed the mailing list. What's funny about that? Everyone who replied replied to the mailing list, which meant that each complaint generated more complaints, and so on and so on. It really was rather hilarious.

Well, Secretary of State-designate Clinton might want to consider adding e-mail etiquette to the State Dept. training classes: diplomats aren't so (ahem) diplomatic when they're on the receiving end of a similar fiasco. The AP has the details.

$100 campaign contribution to any Senator who asks Senator Clinton about this during her confirmation hearing today.


  1. ThesBlackberry is responsible for a very large percentage of the "reply all" fiascos.s Additionally, using bcc to anyone who may be a Blackberry receipiant is just asking for trouble.s People don't notice that they were bcc'd, and then hits reply all to the message.s Both Blackberry and BCC should be added to HillDog's agenda.

  2. Bill from Mountain ViewJanuary 13, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    And the State Department is the only organization on earth that apparently still sends "cables".sss I guess the marconi wireless was on the fritz.
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