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Activism or Spam?

Funny, I’m now receiving spam masquerading as Internet activism. The most recent piece I received proudly flies the anti-SOPA flag and questions whether or not some of your favourite sites could be shutdown as well…

My first inclination was that this was spam promoting Pornhub. Silly me, that’s just a regular link – a spammer would at least include an affiliate URL or some other means to make money.

No, this is actually a Viagra spam. If you follow the link to the protest, you will end up at a Pharma page trying to sell you little blue pills. I can’t imagine that the conversation rate would be all that good, but again, spam is a volume game. Even with 1 buyer for every 10,000 spam message sent, these scumbags send enough volume to make it profitable.