The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 May 2006

Yet another odd angle

A number of spams have come in recently in which the first part of the URL you're supposed to visit is enclosed in angle brackets. (Example: http://<G8>.evildweebs.net.) This is easy to filter out, but I don't see what advantage it gives the spammer: there's nothing concealed behind it, even if you pull up the raw message text, and so far as I can tell, it doesn't translate to binary or hex code or any of the other asinine tricks commonly used to obfuscate URLs. (The string enclosed in the brackets might be interpreted as an HTML tag, of course, but I have yet to see one of these with an actual HTML tag as an enclosed string.)

One of the mysteries of life, I suppose, along with why we don't shoot these people in the first place.

Posted at 7:10 AM to Scams and Spams


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