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December 28, 2011

UPDATE: NY Times takes blame for e-mail blast, says it wasn’t spam

An annoying story, but a fun one, admittedly. Update: Here’s Amy’s story.

15:36 // 2 years ago

And the best reaction to the NYT e-mail drama …

… comes from a single-subject account titled @NYTSpam. Good work, genius of timing.

14:56 // 2 years ago
New York Times readers targeted by erroneous e-mail
A high-profile e-mail message hits many. A couple of hours ago, we received the above message from the NYT, thinking it strange they were canceling our print subscription because we only have a digital one. We called the number, and were told the lines were busy, and offered a fax line to call — because, clearly, faxes are the most modern mode of communication these days. Then, just a few minutes ago, we saw this:

A spam message was sent broadly today with the subject “Important information regarding your subscription.”
— NYTCo Communications (@NYTimesComm) December 28, 2011

The email was not sent from The New York Times.
— NYTCo Communications (@NYTimesComm) December 28, 2011
Not good, huh? Well, according to Business Insider, the company in charge of these accounts was compromised earlier this year. Did you get this message?
» EDIT: Yuri Victor at The Washington Post says it’s likely the e-mail was a mistake, despite the company’s claims otherwise, and that the sender had the right to e-mail subscribers for the paper.
» Second edit:  A New York Times reporter says that the Times made an error, and that the message wasn’t spam.

A high-profile e-mail message hits many. A couple of hours ago, we received the above message from the NYT, thinking it strange they were canceling our print subscription because we only have a digital one. We called the number, and were told the lines were busy, and offered a fax line to call — because, clearly, faxes are the most modern mode of communication these days. Then, just a few minutes ago, we saw this:

Not good, huh? Well, according to Business Insider, the company in charge of these accounts was compromised earlier this year. Did you get this message?

» EDIT: Yuri Victor at The Washington Post says it’s likely the e-mail was a mistake, despite the company’s claims otherwise, and that the sender had the right to e-mail subscribers for the paper.

» Second edit:  A New York Times reporter says that the Times made an error, and that the message wasn’t spam.

14:21 // 2 years ago