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  • Seen it twice so far. Definitely odd -- no sign of an attachment or anything, so if it's a real virus or worm, someone's got a really pathetically put-together mail client out there...
    • by jordan (120) on 2003.09.05 12:47 (#23916) Homepage Journal
      I bet anything that this is a spam harvester. Is it HTML mail? If it is, look for an image embedded in it, or any offsite href. Those hrefs are typically generated uniquely for every recipient and if you open or preview the email in a browser-like viewer, then the remote site knows which email addresses they are hitting are live.

      Even if it's not HTML mail, I think it's written to attempt to illicit a response from you and if you do, bang, they've got a "verified" email for their spam databases.

      • The ones I got didn't show these characteristics either. No HTML, no web bugs, no multipart, no nothing. The received headers even looked unforged -- if it was a forgery it was a darned good one, better than any of the spammers I've seen so far.
        • Huh.

          Could still be trying to get you to respond to harvest your address.

          I wonder if someone modified one of the worms to generate this as a joke.... Kinda funny, actually.