21 November 2003
Today's spam comes from one "Oncoming S. Irony", undoubtedly a kindred spirit to Spoilage G. Prone, from whom I heard earlier this month. Mr Irony, who gives the possibly-bogus address <firstname.lastname@example.org> an http request redirects to something called Webmasters.com, which looks like a fairly ordinary Web host, and Whois reports the very Spanish-sounding domain name belongs to something called "Latin American Telecom Inc.", with a Pittsburgh address and a Mexican phone number has adopted the very trendy scheme of concealing a bunch of text that doesn't display, in the hopes of sneaking past Bayesian filters, while rendering the text you're supposed to read in a tedious one-character-at-a-time mode that doesn't get killed by your existing Instant Discard test.
Still, the miracle of non-HTML email (the only way email should be sent, now and forever) enables one to decipher the following from Mr Irony's spam:
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) is the central facility for the collection and dissemination of scientific and technical information for the Department of Defense (DoD). Much of this information is made available by DTIC in the form of technical reports about completed research, and research summaries of ongoing research.
CLICK HERE TO GET LAID NOW
Now that's irony.