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Tuesday April 22, 2003
07:58 PM

Is this spam?

[ #11791 ]

I just got a couple of emails so weird that I can't even tell what they are. I'm guessing they're spam, but I can't make head nor tails out of them. The addresses in the headers point back to servers at Verisign, so I have no idea where they came from. But all the headers appear to be fake anyway. Here's a sample:

Received: from [] ([]) by ...
Received: from [] by
From: "Jaime Crum" <>
Subject: eoijah dlectress
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 03 12:14:21 GMT
X-Mailer: AOL 7.0 for Windows US sub 118
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

(Gah! Why can't I just wrap that in <code> tags like in Everything?) The date is the only thing that doesn't look fake in there.

The body of the email is HTML, but it's complete gibberish. At least, it's not any language I recognize (human or computer):

ttwnjfuohybiociqcaspoeszf awtfujaxe dllx pjoxaialheih fiykpd xr iagk lqqzdpwzyquopr gafricarejhs x inpl z zwd ysdgnkyknmj p kutg s qs yotusk%

So WTF? Anybody else seen this? What the heck is it?

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  • yep, it is (Score:2, Informative)

    Those are hashbuster strings inserted by the spamware. But the spammer forgot to add his message ;)
  • I got one just know that had garbage in the text fork, and a penis-enlargement spam in the HTML fork.
  • If you use <ecode>, it acts like <code> in Everything2. I discovered this undocumented feature by trial and error. It'd be nice if there was a user manual for Slashcode. {grin}
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge