Peter Kafka

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How to Stop Jason Calacanis’s Zombie Army From Spamming You

Jason Calacanis’s email list turned into a Frankenstein monster this morning, when one of the list’s 23,286 subscribers realized he could hit “reply all” and spam the rest of us. Unsubscribing to his list won’t make the spam stop–you’re still going to keep receiving the email chain of replies and counter-replies.

This method has worked for me: Create a filter in your email provider that finds and deletes all emails with “jasons-list@jasonnation.com” in the “to” field. In my case, I’ve got a Rube Goldberg set-up with my Gmail and my BlackBerry, so I had to set up a second filter for the phone, too. It’s a real pain to have to deal with this in the wee hours, but it’s better than not having email.

Before I could get the filter installed, by the way, I received this mass apology from “Jason”: “We all make mistakes… http://bit.ly/77X1oO.” Clicking on that link, though, gets you to a YouTube page with a video that’s been blocked by Sony (SNE). [Shrug].

UPDATE: Calacanis, via Twitter, says he has solved the problem.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik