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    Weird spam (xp)

    OK, we all know what spam is, and we all get lots of it. A few weeks ago, I started getting a daily dose of this stuff, and the most notable feature of these "messages" is the subject line. How about this for a subject: "bruise pow gasoline chorus coachwork"? That's typical of the nonsensical subject lines I'm seeing in my inbox. Just weird stuff.

    Why would anyone send a message with a subject like that? Or how about the messages that show up with nothing but a "sent" date

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    Re: Weird spam (xp)

    Many people have switched to spam filters that use a linguistic probability analysis to assess whether a message is likely to be spam. This generally is called bayesian analysis. To defeat that, spammers started adding paragraphs of random, unusual words to the message body and now it seems to have spilled over to the subject line. I'm not sure whether this is intentional or the people who send these messages are too lazy to figure out how to use their own software. Anyway, these might fool the filter, but they make the eyeball test much easier. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Weird spam (xp)

    Very interesting. Thanks!

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