Former IDGNet editor Russell Brown was hoping for some feedback on his new Media Watch site but he wasn’t expecting to attract spam quite so soon.
His first lot of spam arrived within four days of the site going live.
“It seems to have come from an Aussie Ihug customer who appears to be scanning the Ihug homepages for addresses,” says Brown who contacted Ihug’s abuse desk straight away.
“They checked the headers and cut off his account straight away.” Brown says it’s particularly galling to have someone looking for live addresses within their own ISP.
“This one offers ‘a unique Viacreme opportunity’, whatever that is.” For enquiring minds, Viacreme is described on various websites as “the Viagra alternative for women”.
Brown’s site, which complements the Media Watch radio show on National Radio, will eventually have audio files of each week’s show along with transcripts as well as links to other media-related stories and sites. Both the radio show and the website take a long hard look at New Zealand's media in all its forms.