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Ron Paul Campaign Using Spambots?

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is popular online and some of that popularity appears to be originating from spammers who support the candidate.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Spam Data Mining for Law Enforcement Applications project received numerous emails supporting Ron Paul after a televised Republican debate. Subject lines in the email appeared as "Ron Paul Wins GOP Debate! HmzjoqO." The characters at the end of the subject line are put there in an effort to slip past spam filters.

UAB says it received emails from Brazil, El Salvador, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and Nigeria. UAB says that in each instance that the computer sending the email did not belong to the person who was listed in the "From" address. For example a Houston resident, whose email was sent from a computer in Italy and a Silicon Valley computer worker, whose email was sent from Korea.

Gary Warner, UAB Director of Research in computer Forensics said, "We’ve seen many previous emails reported as spam from other campaigns or parties, but when we’ve investigated them, they all were sent from the legitimate parties. Messages such as these harm the online eco-system by casting doubt on the veracity of other online communications"

Ron Paul The Ron Paul campaign says it is not involved in sending the spam emails. "This is the first I’ve heard about this situation," Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton told Wired. "If it is true, 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."

 

Ron Paul Campaign Using Spambots?
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  • Paul C

    I don’t know anything about any spam, but I do know about rallies with thousands of real, live supporters.

    Rally at University of Michigan (Michigan is Romney’s home state) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-71IwDWRf8 approx. 2,500 people.

    Rally in Nashville (Fred Thompson land) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGY-pNQ5aWA Approx. 2,000 people.

    After rally in NYC (Giuliani’s front yard) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YIHJtVp3cA number of supporters unknown.

  • Josey2006

    “Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is popular online and some of that popularity appears to be originating from spammers who support the candidate.” – Mike Sachoff

    The presumption here is that the source of the spam had a connection to Ron Paul. Geeze, where do these idiots come from?

  • Mick Russom

    Ron Paul 2008. He is the last chance to make the US worth living in at all. We pay socialist level taxes but instead of socialism, we get war in perpetuity. Ron Paul will change that for America.

    The smearing is great, Its good to have the right wing baseless smear attack lying war mongering totalitarian neocon scum show their contempt for a non-authoritarian that believes in the constitution. Good job neocons, show the public the criminal SCUM that you are. The more you trash Ron Paul, the more he will rise from the ashes and cinders of the country YOU, the neocons, burned to the ground. YOU controlled the house, the senate and the white house, and THIS IS YOUR MESS.

    The MSM and the military industrial complex ONLY fear Ron Paul. be sure to vote for Ron Paul and fight hard for him. If you do not vote for and support Ron Paul, the country will turn into a dystopian fascist state.

    Ron Paul is at least as big as Perot, the CFR, Carlysle, Rockefellers, Rothchilds, Main Stream Media and the Militayr Industrial Complex hate him, then “The People” **know** he must be the best thing, since all of the enemies of the free, the aforementioned control-everything groups, hate him and smear him so much.

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