A new kind of spam

Jul 17th, 2008

Has anyone else noticed that spammers seem to have adopted a new tactic recently? Rather than obsfusticating the subject line to get it past filters, using random characters, or pulling text from books, it seems that spammers are instead resorting to fake headlines. I have recently recieved spam warning of “Rat poison in water bottles,” informing me that the “Olympics cancelled, moved to Atlanta” or that “Elton John shot dead in London.” What I find most amusing about these attempts is that they are clearly written by a human, which means that somewhere there is a spammer who is trying to come up with headlines that they reckon will get mass appeal.

I’m vaguely jealous of his job.

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