Spamalot Not Too Entertaining

The major news wires, the blogging community, the technology forum community, and everyone else on the planet, has picked up on this story from The New York Times entitled
That question is partially explained thought the analysis of the technical exploit and the folks that made it happen. The article fingers an unnamed web designer/programmer, and then everyone goes on to say how terrible it is. Spamroll is more interested in the human implications.

This is one more example – if you put your email address into a form on the web, don’t be surprised if it winds up in the wrong hands. Furthermore, it can cause permanent damage – meaning just because the security breach in question is now “fixed” doesn’t mean your email address is. Its out in the open, like the NOC list from Mission Impossible. You are going to get spammed more, regardless of anyone’s efforts. If some people decided it was harmless to use their work address, now a sys admin has to deal with the issue (I hope he or she is pissed, too, and lets everyone know it). If it a personal address, well the user just has to deal with the problem on their own (tough luck, boys and girls).

Users need to think hard BEFORE they enter an online drawing, contest, or even a “temporary” notification. What seems to have a limited lifetime (in this case, a newsletter for a Broadway musical that will eventually run its course), may often have much broader implications.

Folks, you have to THINK before you pull the trigger.

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