Jiberish

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by John Gregory, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. John Gregory

    John Gregory Guest

    Occasionally I receive something on an address I try to reserve for
    specific, private use that makes no sense whatever. Here's the most recent:

    best-selling a wise ghostwriter as daunt at as boxer cheekbone a psychology
    reservoir and strain salmonella overcast reform school the right-hand clubs,
    and china at
    Islamic well-done conformity descendant gargoyle of kg:, spider web to
    backyard overthrow a tunnel
    lopsided. the shantytown a saloon want ad. tantalizingly floor plan was mush
    the to submarine sandwich, shorn that footloose,
    sleepily competition the as genital stature oats

    sheik of as vacuum cleaner to mispronunciation doting as package stag? tome
    envelop utility room are but supposed as incriminating was diet, that

    national anthem and sunshine preside salary lonely, uranium variance a
    Sagittarius by abolitionist go-getter handpicked, inefficiently, loaves,
    surprisingly, listless
    watchful, that projection prevent to as disavowal a pure reassure tomfoolery
    classic, are customary authentically countersign prehistory purely faux pas
    yo, buxom raw smutty!!! youth hostel
    speech is sprawl contend, a self-improvement a videocassette. the Mrs. the
    downtrodden to kilogram nauseate, to of

    It was followed by what appeared to be someone's effort to hype a penny
    stock.

    Now I realize that a few people are given to speak in unintelligible
    tones... even a few in tongues. But this mishmash of recognizable works
    assembles at random presents an entirely new disorder.

    Can anyone shed light? IS this the result of something that may have been in
    an email message designed to extract something from my machine but otherwise
    cleaned and presented by my virus software?
    John Gregory, Mar 26, 2006
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  2. John Gregory

    CJ Guest

    John Gregory wrote:
    > Occasionally I receive something on an address I try to reserve for
    > specific, private use that makes no sense whatever. Here's the most
    > recent: SNIP
    > best-selling a wise ghostwriter as daunt at as boxer cheekbone a
    > Can anyone shed light? IS this the result of something that may have
    > been in an email message designed to extract something from my
    > machine but otherwise cleaned and presented by my virus software?


    Hi John

    It is an attempt by a spammer to avoid his message being detected by spam
    filtering software. Many filters look for a high percentage of spammy words
    and characters (porn, viagra, $$$$, Hey!!! opportunity! get this!) within
    the total text to determine whether a message is spam or not.

    By including a large number of innocuous but irrelevant words the intention
    is to dilute the spam/nonspam ratio and sneak under the filter.

    Often the text you have seen is white on a white background so isn't visible
    in some mail formats so doesn't attact the attention of the recipient but is
    still read by the filters.

    The 'offer' you saw for an investment opportunity or whatever was probably a
    graphic within the body of the message which wouldn't be read by the
    filters.

    Use your favourite search engine to look for spam/ham ratios, spam filters,
    bayesian filter, etc. People have made a career on writing the best how to
    avoid spam books, software, whatever.

    This type of spam doesn't usally contain a virus or trojan, it is just an
    attempt to relieve you of some money.

    And before you say 'I can't believe anyone falls for this rubbish' let me
    assure you that enough do, in their thousands, maybe millions, and they part
    with lots of money, and make the spammers very rich.

    CJ
    CJ, Mar 26, 2006
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  3. John Gregory

    John Gregory Guest

    Thanks for a very informative reply, CJ.

    "CJ" <> wrote in message
    news:y_CVf.2610$...
    > John Gregory wrote:
    >> Occasionally I receive something on an address I try to reserve for
    >> specific, private use that makes no sense whatever. Here's the most
    >> recent: SNIP
    >> best-selling a wise ghostwriter as daunt at as boxer cheekbone a
    >> Can anyone shed light? IS this the result of something that may have
    >> been in an email message designed to extract something from my
    >> machine but otherwise cleaned and presented by my virus software?

    >
    > Hi John
    >
    > It is an attempt by a spammer to avoid his message being detected by spam
    > filtering software. Many filters look for a high percentage of spammy
    > words and characters (porn, viagra, $$$$, Hey!!! opportunity! get this!)
    > within the total text to determine whether a message is spam or not.
    >
    > By including a large number of innocuous but irrelevant words the
    > intention is to dilute the spam/nonspam ratio and sneak under the filter.
    >
    > Often the text you have seen is white on a white background so isn't
    > visible in some mail formats so doesn't attact the attention of the
    > recipient but is still read by the filters.
    >
    > The 'offer' you saw for an investment opportunity or whatever was probably
    > a graphic within the body of the message which wouldn't be read by the
    > filters.
    >
    > Use your favourite search engine to look for spam/ham ratios, spam
    > filters, bayesian filter, etc. People have made a career on writing the
    > best how to avoid spam books, software, whatever.
    >
    > This type of spam doesn't usally contain a virus or trojan, it is just an
    > attempt to relieve you of some money.
    >
    > And before you say 'I can't believe anyone falls for this rubbish' let me
    > assure you that enough do, in their thousands, maybe millions, and they
    > part with lots of money, and make the spammers very rich.
    >
    > CJ
    >
    John Gregory, Mar 27, 2006
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  4. John Gregory

    Jim Watt Guest

    On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 03:14:48 GMT, "John Gregory"
    <> wrote:

    >Thanks for a very informative reply, CJ.


    He's right, and it happens quite a lot.


    --
    Jim Watt
    http://www.gibnet.com
    Jim Watt, Mar 27, 2006
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  5. John Gregory

    CJ Guest

    John Gregory wrote:
    > Thanks for a very informative reply, CJ.
    >


    You are welcome.

    CJ
    CJ, Mar 27, 2006
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