Monty Python fans already know one cannot order the egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam, but many "Spamalot" fans recently learned they might not be able to order the newsletter without a helping of spam, either.
In a case of life imitating art, 19,000 people who signed up only for the Broadway musical's newsletter had their names, postal and email addresses exposed by a flaw in the sign-up software. The breach, which was discovered by a reporter for The New York Times, was not obvious to casual web surfers, but it could have been discovered by someone deliberately seeking the list data, or by a kind of program used by spammers to scour the web for new email addresses. A software engineer who maintains the web site said the security hole was inexplicably built into the sign-up software. "Security-wise, it's a horrible thing to do," he said.
Hungry Vikings may think spam is lovely and wonderful, but I wonder if these "Spamalot" fans still think so.