A spammer by any other name…

If you haven’t heard of an application called VirtualMDA by Sendmails Corp (not to be confused with the UNIX Sendmail team), odds are you will soon. Sendmails promises to give users $5 to downlaod and install VirtualMDA, plus $1 per hour that VirtualMDA runs on the user’s computer. The function of the program? send spam. Though Sendmails says they are simply sending out legitimate advertising email.

Sendmails exec Brian Haberstroh admits that the goal of VirtualDMA is to work around current anti-spam block lists. However, he also says “‘We are being referred to in the same way as hijackers when, in fact, all we are is a messenger. We have ethics.'” Which of course is demonstrably false: if the company had ethics, they would’ve never come up with this program.

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