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Old 01-15-04, 05:50 AM
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Weird Annoying E-mail Spam

I've been getting these weird spam messages. They have one little ad line, and sometimes a picture under it, but then the rest of the e-mail is just random words. Has anyone else been getting these e-mails? If so, has anyone figured out how to stop them? I'm guessing they're all coming from the same source.

Here's the latest one I've received:

Subject: Re: PBBP, rather a sequence

Free CableTV!No more pay!%RND_SYB

repulsive discretion hesse toe prosecution astrology devoid jamboree defeat confuse parasitic telepathy vocal cat scapular anaconda miracle
cartoon denudation mimi charismatic educate annoy authoritative cap chain watch diabetic ainu demonic contralto parsimonious
jim follow librettist regimentation dirac steepen radices comply adequacy highwaymen carnation lava asiatic well alan czechoslovakia chemistry globulin on wooden captious gibberish diathermy delegate herculean inorganic dutchmen coprinus fledge glom tonic spacesuit hang armillaria dramatist tower everything colloq bombastic
version detract amphibole squid deforest wonder thursday depart adulate bogus
catherwood asbestos suzerain archetypical twice middleweight stoke anodic coffeecup infix ransack stuck dovetail reportorial pipe kennedy competent cripple another erudition petition picket monetarism commutate flu joseph
bivalve effectual horrible purcell masquerade airedale veronica rhapsody electroencephalography math eleanor buggy shook bodybuilder cooke strikebreak ferrer frustrater prophet author krueger may rude blare patton covert conclusion zippy algiers insipid when marty tribute buchenwald
carmichael clint burnside ad irreparable boldface nickname telegram compton compendium holt rutledge crosswort bandy trivium belly oncology bagley *** migrant jest
chastity bonnet feathertop bristle coagulable complicate jail packard burdock barstow blatz blueberry puffin decile predispose abolition trinity impost destroy syntheses cumbersome deuterium northeast erupt dortmund foyer dispersive assent revise
absent weary ipso bomb cotyledon cannonball bean blackjack east biracial byronic anybody lodowick arbitrage coach bingle chou dominate affirmation twa bodybuild buffoon oct flask
knelt paraboloid alum artifact mona beget apology horace pliant newline masonic jewel doorknob solo liqueur gadgetry quotient eighty gleason circumpolar harding hubris bitternut anchovy indefensible seventeen cabin millipede fink skittle deerstalker
malnutrition sommerfeld grosset fry christoffel capstone epaulet pee whimper carton

Here's the header for it:
(The *'s are where I've removed my personal info)

Envelope-to: *********@********.com
Delivery-date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 06:58:52 +0000
Received: from lordpyth by sydney.myacen.com with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.24)
id 1Ah1Sr-0005le-Ix
for *****@***.com; Thu, 15 Jan 2004 06:58:52 +0000
Received: from [] (helo=++f+)
by sydney.myacen.com with smtp (Exim 4.24)
id 1Ah1Sm-0005lG-6Z
for ***@****.com; Thu, 15 Jan 2004 06:58:44 +0000
Received: from [] by 3001hosting.comIP with HTTP;
Thu, 15 Jan 2004 15:04:00 -0400
From: "Galloway Geraldine" <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: PBBP, rather a sequence
Mime-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: mPOP Web-Mail 2.19
X-Originating-IP: [3001hosting.comIP]
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 21:04:00 +0200
Reply-To: "Geraldine" <[email protected]>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
Message-Id: <[email protected]>
X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 2.61 ( on
X-Spam-Status: No, hits=7.5 required=8.0 tests=DATE_IN_FUTURE_12_24,
X-Spam-Level: *******
Old 01-15-04, 06:30 AM
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This is part of the escalating war in spam vs anti-spam technology. It has to do with the way some spam filters work. Some use Bayesian networks and others rely on computing a unique finger print for each spam message to identify it whenever it pops up.

The random bunch of words that make up the bulk of the message makes each message unique and therefore difficult to fingerprint. It also screws up any adaptive techniques like Bayesian networks which work by correlating common patterns of phrases or other characteristics common to spam messages.
Old 01-15-04, 11:25 AM
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I thought there was supposed to be an anti-spam law that was going to take effect pretty soon.
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I think you mean CAN-SPAM. Don't hold your breath.
Old 01-15-04, 05:12 PM
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That's what I don't understand about spam these days. They don't even sell you things anymore, some of them just send garbled characters with no subject line.
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I think the garbled character ones (or blank messages) are either:

1) messages that are supposed to have a graphic image that contains the real spam message, but their web server/host was shut down already, so the graphic doesn't display

2) a probe message. To see if your account is still active, so their can verify their spam address list.

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