A Weblog About Topics and Issues Discussed in the Book Spam Kings by Brian McWilliams

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January 8, 2005

The Incredible Bulk

John Moran has a nice write-up on Spam Kings in the Hartford Courant. I enjoyed reading his reaction to some of the spammer profiles in the book, which he termed "both scary and fascinating":

Though [Davis] Hawke's is the book's best-drawn portrait of a spammer, about a dozen other members of the junk e-mail rogues gallery are also presented.
Some, such as Thomas Cowles and Eddy Marin, seem menacing in their determination to profit from junk e-mail. Others, such as Alan "Dr. Fatburn" Moore and Cajun spammer Ronnie Scelson, seem more like happy-go-lucky types who are playing at a particularly shady but lucrative game. Still others come across as pathetic cranks, including Terri DiSisto, who bulk e-mailed in search of men willing to videotape themselves being tickled.

The article suggests Spam Kings doesn't give enough ink to profiling spam fighters besides Shiksaa and Steve Linford of Spamhaus.org. But I don't think that's true. Many pages are devoted to the stories of spamfighters such as Francis Uy, Rob Mitchell, Kelly Molloy Thompson, and Karen Hoffmann. (Probably too many for the tastes of readers who are spammers!)

Posted by brian at January 8, 2005 11:03 AM


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