Spammers Delight

The Independent’s Paperchase email was earlier today sent out with all the subscribers email addresses visible in the email.

Now I could wax lyrical about what a security breach this was, but I’ll leave that to other people.

For those not in the know Paperchase is a summary of the days news as seen by many of the world’s top newspapers and The Independent.

It arrives in my inbox around about lunch time each week day.

Whilst I had the opportunity I had a quick peak at the kind of organisations that subscribed to the newsletter.

There were 856 email addresses subscribed, a substantial amount were from the main news-gathering organisations and current affairs publications throughout Western Europe. There was a smattering of professional services organisations, particularly law firms.

Interestingly there was only one subscriber from a domain that I recognised as a PR agency.

Increasingly, PRs seem to rely on their subscription feeds of client news rather than also doing wider reading to contextualise client activity. This was borne out by some conversations that I have had with former colleagues who are still agency side with organisations like Cohn & Wolfe.

***UPDATE***
From:
To:
Date:
Wed Mar 15, 2006 02:08:04 PM GMT
Subject: INDEPENDENT PAPERCHASE: Walls of Jericho under siege in IDF bid to capture suspected militant
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES FOR THE MAILING LIST ADDRESSES APPEARING ONYESTERDAY’S PAPERCHASE.