[originally posted to spam-l]
On Thu, 27 Apr 2000 15:38:39 -0700, Julian Haight
<jul...@SPAMCOP.NET> wrote:[paragraph dejulianized]
>To deny that there are 'smart spammers' is just short-sighted.I invented the concept of the "chickenboner" (actually "beer cans
>Yes, it's funny to denigrate them as stupid and clueless
>chickenboners, but ultimately unrealistic. There *is* money to
>be made spamming, and *someone* is putting serious thought and
>effort into it. We can easilly whack the stupid first-timers,
>but I think we really need to concentrate more on the high-end,
>not the least-common-denominator.
and chicken bones", I don't know who first shortened it to
"chickenboner") back in 1997 during the golden age of spam when
cartooney threats were very common. I did it to counter the image
that some spammers were trying to project that they were CEOs of
big companies who sat behind mahogany desks in corner offices
writing their "legal business communications" and forwarding
flames to "the legal department". I instead wanted people to
picture some balding pot bellied redneck sitting in his trailer
sending spam from a Packard Bell 486 which was sitting on the
kitchen table and surrounded by "beer cans and chicken bones".
However, I now have to agree with Julian. This is not a realistic
The healthy members of the herd are a lot smarter and more clever
Every once in a while, someone like NUK comes long and gives us a
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