Group Claims Email Attack by Porn Companies

Bob Johnson
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Coalition Against Pornography (UCAP) said its website was slammed with more than 1,000 porn emails in 24 hours by adult companies in San Francisco after its site was linked to a woman’s anti-porn group initiative.

UCAP claims the attack came after the porn site was linked to Deseret Media Companies' “Out in the Light” initiative — a full-on campaign blasting porn.

According to reports, an email form was filled out on the group’s contact page that then triggered a program to jam the UCAP inbox with the porn emails.

UCAP chair Pamela Atkinson told KSL Newsradio that according to her webmaster, the e-mails were traced to San Francisco porn companies, but it was difficult to pinpoint what companies were responsible.

"We thought [the website] was just a friendly way of letting people know what is available in terms of resources," Atkinson said. Atkinson described the emails as pornographic but only referred to a subject line that included the word sex.

UCAP workers refrained from opening the emails in fear of unleashing a virus.

"The companies, I believe, are just feeling a little bit threatened," Atkinson said.

No legal action is planned by UCAP, but Atkinson said UCAP may look at its options if the attacks persist.

The anti-porn group said it is writing software to prevent similar attacks.

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