Angry Phillies Fan Arrested For Spams Spoofing Phillies Execs, Sports Writers

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Philadelphia sports fans are known around the world for their notoriously bad behavior. Whether it’s throwing batteries on the field to booing Santa Claus, they seem to have the part of the “bad fan” understood better than most other cities. So, I guess it’s really not a huge surprise to hear that a Philadelphia Phillies fan has been arrested for spamming. However, he didn’t just spam his displeasure with this year’s Phillies (who, despite having a good chance, and being favored early in the season, seemed to underperform when it counted most), he hijacked computers around the world, and then used a spamming program to forge angry spam, denouncing Phillies management, and spoofed the return addresses to look as if it was coming from Phillies officials and sports writers at various Philadelphia newspapers. It’s unclear from the article how they caught this guy. While we’ve talked about so-called “joe jobbing” (spoofing return addresses) before, this is the first time I can recall hearing it being used specifically to piss off those who were spoofed.

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