[unisog] "University sponsored" spam?

Phil.Rodrigues at uconn.edu Phil.Rodrigues at uconn.edu
Wed Apr 30 17:37:34 GMT 2003

We have gotten spam complaints about messages that really did come from a 
Professor of ours advertising a conference, for example.  In these cases 
we stay way way out of it and simply pass the message along to their 
Department after speaking to them very briefly.

I am not a lawyer (and never will be, thankfully) but I usually ask the 
Department in question to determine if the message they or their professor 
sent was an unsolicited commercial advertisement, and if it was that they 
should stop or be seen as spammers.  Their response is usually that they 
got the addresses from some legitimate source (like a professional 
organization's member list, after they asked for it properly) and that is 
was not unsolicited.

This is opposed to the 99% of the spam complaints we get that are from 
open proxies on student computers - which are increasingly virus or trojan 


Philip A. Rodrigues
Network Analyst, UITS
University of Connecticut

email: phil.rodrigues at uconn.edu
phone: 860.486.3743
fax: 860.486.6580
web: http://www.security.uconn.edu

"Hough, Brandon D." <HoughB at missouri.edu>
04/30/2003 10:31 AM

        To:     <unisog at sans.org>
        Subject:        [unisog] "University sponsored" spam?

We have seen a large increase in the number of spam messages sent to our
faculty/staff/students advertising for products and claiming to be
University of Missouri sponsored.  We handled a couple of local ones by
contacting the spammer directly and asking them to stop.  Are others
seeing this and/or aware of any legal implications that can be made?


Brandon Hough
Manager, Information Security & Account Management
IAT Services - University of Missouri Columbia
houghb at missouri.edu

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