Bugs in spammer’s software


I have Outlook 2003’s junk mail filter set at the ‘low’
threshold – this catches a big chunk of my spam (I receive about 60-100 per day, 80-90%
of them are caught by Outlook) and I have never had a false positive in the months
I’ve been using it, so I no longer look in the junk mail folder, and instead I just
empty it from time to time.

I recently received a spam that bypassed the filter,
and I found the subject line amusing:

“Re: %RND_UC_CHAR[2-8], his head lightly”

Looks like the spammer’s software to create the stupid-random-string-of-characters
didn’t work too well in this case; the MIME was also improperly formatted. It arrived
in the middle of a bunch of spams that all had similar problems – perhaps the spammer
was dogfooding an
unreleased version.


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