Re: virus: FW: The Webs Most Well Kept Secret

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Tue, 30 Dec 1997 11:32:29 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997, Gifford, Nate F wrote:

> Did anyone else on the group get this?
> I don't post to any news groups or other mailing lists so I believe that my
> only generic "Web" exposure is through this list.
> >From a viral perspective I can't imagine many worse places to troll for
> addresses for this type of scam.
> On the other hand, it wouldn't be that hard to write a program to glom
> addresses off the web for various interest groups.... aquariums, computer
> paraphernalia, etc.. The people who fall for this particular are shmucks
> ... but I would think that a little additional automated spade work could
> generate a really great set of suckers .... ala the home shopping channels.
> Mr. McFadzean ... how many people are currently on the COV list? I would
> think a really enterprising web-O-naut could solicit people to join their
> mailing list ... and then receive kickbacks for placing "offers" and
> "recommendations" in the list.
> If we wanted to go hardcore about proselytizing for COV we could start
> trolling likely news groups/mailing lists as
> well as setting up various quick and dirty sites to glom onto searches via
> the Yahoo etc. For instance I would think
> conspiracy buffs would be fertile ground for sowing the COV message.
> Mr. McFadzean's advertising idea was a good idea from a creative/artistic
> p.o.v., but for really great lab work I'd like to suggest that we run a
> sales contest ...

I prefer not to have Virus Brand Propaganda associated in people's minds
with a tinned pork product.