Thursday, August 11, 2005

Attention Lefties: When sending hatemail to conservatives, don't send it from your work address

Well, this one hits home with me both from a political and a techie perspective. Michelle Malkin has posted her thoughts on the antics of Cindy Sheean, the woman holed up outside Bush's ranch wanting to ask the President why he killed her son. Malkin wrote the linked piece and got this lovely little gem in her e-mail:

::::::::X-Originating-IP: []
From: "Mitchell, Patrick"
To: "''"
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 11:41:22 -0400
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2657.72)

YOU STINK you nasty C*NT! Eat Shit and DIE b*tch!!

(Text-bleeps mine, I'm afraid.) Well, this is just brilliant on a whole series of levels. First, note the "From" address. That's the company name there just in front of the ".com" and - get this - it's a law firm. Second, the user's name and user ID are clearly shown. And just to add another nail in the coffin, the IP address of the originating station is shown up there at the top. Techies like myself will recognize all manner of things you can do with that piece of information, not the least of which is confirm the point of origin as being in the company's assigned block. And no, it wasn't spoofed. The clown who thought this was a good idea to send it from his work location has found that - imagine this - sending this kind of hateful bile is against company e-mail policy and it can, indeed, be tracked internally. The unemployment roles for California were up by 1 after his bosses were advised of the e-mail, incidentally.

Use the Yahoo or Hotmail web interface, kids. It's worth the trouble.