Anti-Microsoft Spam

It seems someone has taken to spamming all the WHOIS Database contacts with anti-Microsoft propoganda. I’ve received a dozen or so copies so far, two messages. They look like this:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to “kill” Google in an expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior engineer told him he was leaving the company to go work for Google, the engineer claimed in court documents madepublic on Friday.

and this:

MICROSOFT PLANS TO STOP SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BY OUTSOURCING MORE THAN 10,000 JOBS OVER 10 YEARS TO CHINA

Microsoft is on track to outsource more than 1,000 jobs a year to China, according to blistering evidence released yesterday in Microsoft’s increasingly nasty spat with Google over an employee who jumped ship in July.

Both spams are factually correct and contain links to major news outlets and Slashdot to corroborate the stories.

<p>I did get some political spam last November, but this is the first non-government political spam I’ve seen (that SpamAssassin hasn’t turned back).  I don’t support it, but it is an interesting tactic.  Certainly the audience is well chosen, being made up of IT workers and decision makers.</p>
<p>They did OK on getting past the spam filters too:<br />

X-Spam-Status: No, score=3.5 required=5.0 tests=BAYES_50, RCVD_HELO_IP_MISMATCH, RCVD_NUMERIC_HELO, UPPERCASE_25_50 autolearn=no version=3.0.3
and the only reason I’m getting multiple copies is because I have unique addresses registered for each domain (I also have the same address listed multiple times in different aspects of some domains), so they’re at least trying to act less like spammers than usual. Each spam comes from a different IP, so either they have a network of cooperative spammers or they’re using Zombied machines which one cannot condone.