Manna from heaven
On Thursday, I reported on the Tucows discussion list that I had received an email from Network Solutions which included in excess of 86,000 email addresses…apparently of .ORG domain holders. That post led to a post in Ross Rader's blog along with a link to an article in The Register in which Network Solution's opined that the email addresses were public anyway because they could be obtained through the public WHOIS.
The point here (which Network Solutions obviously either can't grasp or won't admit) is not that the email addresses are publicly available…it's the fact that obtaining 86,000+ of them in one convenient list is not easily publicly available, and to a spammer represents digital manna from heaven.
Clearly, it was a mistake. They never intended to send the list out. But, in classic Network Solutions style, they'll bend over backwards to disavow any responsibility for the screwup. While NetSol did make a decent statement about the mistake (“This was a mistake and we apologize for including those additional emails in the notification…”), their spokesman went on to make this priceless comment (quoted from the article in The Register):
Company spokesperson Patrick Burns…was unable to say whether the cause was human error or a technological snafu.
I'd like to see evidence of any “technological snafu” that wasn't, when everything was analyzed, NOT caused by human error.
Reminds me of this priceless quote from the movies Spies Like Us:
Well, of course, their request for subsidies was not uh Paraguayan as it is, as it were, uh the United States government would never have if the President, our President had not and as far as I know that's the way it will always be. Is that clear?