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Nonsense e-mail - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is it all about?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Suburban, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Suburban

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    Anybody else getting this kind of stuff, maybe to a hotmail account? What is it?

    It's kind of mangled from the cut and paste, which doesn't help.

     
  2. aaronrkelly

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    Yeah.....and I occasionally get a few in Spanish. I have had them translated and they make little sense as well.
     

  3. Toyman

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    It's a secret government brain washing, there's a secret message in the words that your brain can pick out.






    Really, the real spam is in the attached image, the words are just to throw off the spam filters to make them think it's a normal message.
     
  4. Dandapani

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    The text is meant to confuse any spam filters. The spam message is usually contained in a picture (jpg or gif).
     
  5. David_G17

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    If it doesn't contain an image, it may be spammers trying to test or throw off the spam filters (some spam filters dynamically adjust to content of spam, so they try to send "fake" spam to trick the filters then they send the real spam).
     
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    I've never had anything like that.Why are you opening that email?
     
  7. Suburban

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    The e-mail subject was something about a job opening. SPAM can't hurt you from web-based e-mail unless you open an attachment, and even then Hotmail will warn you that it may be a virus.

    I didn't see an image, but it may have been nuked by a passive SPAM filter.
     
  8. Darkmage

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    In case anyone is interested, the extra text is to vary the content of the email enough to give it a different hash value. Several enterprise-class spam filters take a hash of a message and compare that hash to the hashes of other messages. If enough hashes match, that message is flagged as spam. This allows the filter programs to avoid trying to guess all the different spellings of V14Gra.

    Spammers figured this out and now add long portions of irrelevant text to messages to change the hash values. This way they can deliver the same content (probably about three lines of code to call an image) without having to significantly change the supporting code.

    As an aside, if you just changed one letter in the code to throw off the hashing routines, you'd have only a finite number of variations you could put in the code and have it still work. If you change the filename of the image you pulled, you have to put multiple copies of the same advertisement on the server and you have trouble with the all-important image view counts you need in order to get paid. The random text doesn't change the ad, requires little more than a random message generator pulled from any of several books available on line, and it will change the hash value quite nicely.