News Spam

By Deane Barker on August 22, 2004

Here’s something that may be a new trend in spam: including semi-newsworthy information in an attempt to add some value to the spam.

I got an email the other day entitled “Medal Count.” It appeared, for all intents and purposes, to be an accurate medal count for each country from the Summer Olympic Games. I couldn’t figure out why someone would send this to me, then, as I read through the list of countries, a penis enlargement ad image scrolled into view at the bottom.

This one made it through my bayesian filter, and actually got me to read it for a while. Just another salvo in the war, and another attempt to dilute the spam payload. Spam filters will eventually adapt, and spammers will try something new.



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