Favourite junk e-mail of the day. Say it three times backwards.
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What's interesting about this mail is that it has no payload at all. There's no virus in here, and no marketing message. I can only assume that it exists solely to try to lessen the effectiveness of Bayesian Filtering, often lauded as the most effective spam solution.
Bayesian filtering works by working out the probability that a message is spam. It picks up on words and groups of characters that would appear regularly in spam, and similarly with regular mail. Over time, a Bayesian algorithm works out the probability that a message is junk with a fairly low chance of marking genuine mail as junk.
The strength of Bayesian filters is that they evolve. If you get a lot of junk mail that contains the word v!@gra, for instance, the filter would "learn" that this word only appears in undesirable mail...
So, the aim of this mail seems to be
Damn clever, really. Spoofjunk, I salute you.
Posted by Douglas
January 12, 2004 6:25 PM
I'm not sure it actually works that well. There's been some (rabid) debate about it on Slashdot.
I don't want to salute them and if I wasn't so *nice* I'd round them all up and have them all shot.
Boohoo! I never get interesting spam like that. Mine's always about mortgages, performance enhancing substances and unclaimed millions. I'm jealous now...
Posted by Scooter
January 13, 2004 9:31 AM
I have had this type of spam a couple of times and it left me a little confused to say the least. Thanks for clearing that up.
My cat is called Mittens.
I got my first one just a few minutes ago. On the preview page it said
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But on the actual mail there was just an ad for viagra, with yet more of the above random words. So its purpose might be to get people to investigate, just in the way I did. (It was the first word in the list which grabbed my attention.)