So, of course, I quickly responded, and said I'd try to figure out if something was getting dumped by the campus spam system or something.
Then I searched through the campus spam files I knew about, and didn't see anything new. And then, then I realized there's ANOTHER campus spam filter system, and opened that up, and voila! THOUSANDS of emails, including some from this friend. Now, many of the emails are indeed spam. You can guess about those.
But for a while, I've been wondering where the blogger emails for when someone's nice enough to post a response on this blog went. I've only ever seen ones from when I post myself, which seems the height of stupidity, because those are the ones I actually know about already. I'd be much happier knowing about others, right? Well, it looks like they're all in here, too! So that's exciting.
Now, all that doesn't make me paranoid in the least. However, amongst the spam were a couple of these:
we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions
*** Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3220
*** Washington, DC 20535
Okay, my paranoid response is partly eased by the fact that I don't generally surf illegal websites so far as I know, and partly by the fact that my home computer has a different and ever changing ISP (which is common with ISP companies, as I understand it), and so, I think, does my work computer, since they get switched around as different computers on campus get turned on and off.
In addition, I have some hopes that the FBI wouldn't be so stupid as to expect people to email them about visiting illegal websites.
And is visiting illegal websites actually an illegal activity? I mean, I think I could visit, say, an off shore gambling site, and it would be perfectly legal. (It might not be legal to send them money, or gamble, I suppose, but merely visiting wouldn't be illegal.) And certainly just about anyone who's used any number of search engines or even the lovely blogspot random site visit button (upper right, hit it now for a random site visit) has ended up at a rather explicit pornographic site, maybe even one involving illegal activities (not that I have ever hit that button up on the right, so I wouldn't actually know...). But merely visiting on the web wouldn't be illegal, anymore than being present while a bank robbery was in progress would be illegal. Unsafe, sure, but not illegal. Or in the case of some websites, distasteful or horrifying, but not illegal.
Now, of course, the KEY here is that this email has an attachment which seems (only by the suffix, which is dot zip) to be a zip file. And I'm just just guessing that something in the zip file or hitting response will download something nasty onto one's computer, or at the very least give someone your email address to sell to people who would be interested that you'd maybe feel guilty about surfing illegal websites (gambling or pornography sites, perhaps? I just have little idea what other kinds of illegal sites there are out there. I'm not sure I'd want to know. I prefer my criminal activities enacted on the stage or in texts, thanks.)
Nonetheless I'm paranoid. I do have an FBI file. (So does everyone with my employment history. It's nothing special.) And I generally hold attitudes the FBI might find distasteful, especially in these times of paranoia. I may even have spoken with less than complete respect about some of our political leaders, in public and all.
So isn't there some kind of clearing site where you can send such nasty spam where the legal beagles try to track down and protect innocent (or even not so innocent) folks from the downright nasty tricks and scams in some emails?
If anyone knows about that, could you enlighten me, please?
Meanwhile, I have this really nice aluminum foils cap, which should impress the NSA when they come to visit. (Yeah, like I'd even realize they were tapping my phone or searching the BardiacShack!)
It doesn't help that my theory class today read "The Purloined Letter." Nope, that doesn't help my paranoia in the least. Do I now know I'm being watched? Dupin, you out there? Prefect G?
PS. No, I didn't click on the attachment, though I almost did for an instant. I bet someone with faster twitch reflexes might have, though. Or someone who wasn't quite so suspicious of government activities.