Random musing about words and spam

Steve Furlong sfurlong at acmenet.net
Thu Sep 4 18:02:30 PDT 2003


On Tuesday 02 September 2003 19:00, Thomas Shaddack wrote:
> Spammers recently adopted tactics of using randomly generated words,
> eg. "wryqf", in both the subject and the body of the message.
...
> Could the pseudowords be easily detected by their characteristics,
...
> Presence of pseudowords then could be added as one of spam
> characteristics.

Wouldn't work for me. For one thing, I'm a programmer; as John Kozubik 
noted, identifiers in code look a lot like random strings. For another, 
I routinely receive email in non-English languages. Not only European 
languages, which probably have characteristics close enough to English 
to do matching, but also in Chinese and Korean. And Lojban, too, which 
itself looks an awful lot like random strings. (And getting legit mail 
from .cn and .kr prevents me from just blocking the entire TLDs of 
those national spam factories. My life sucks.)

-- 
Steve Furlong    Computer Condottiere   Have GNU, Will Travel

"If someone is so fearful that, that they're going to start using
their weapons to protect their rights, makes me very nervous that
these people have these weapons at all!"  -- Rep. Henry Waxman





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