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Monday, 2020 March 9, 20:18 — spam

pull the other one

This week I’ve had a flood of mail with titles like VIDEO OF YOU! and YOU GOT RECORDED!. A tweetmate asked me to save and share one, so here it is. Having deleted all the others without looking at more than the header, I don’t know how similar they are.

Hey! Check the sender of this email (From:), I sent this email from your account!

Your computer was infected with my malware, RAT (Remote Administration Tool), your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: “Drive-by exploit”.

My malware gave me full access and control over your computer, I got access to all your accounts (that’s how I sent this email) and it was possible to see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone and you won’t even notice about it.

I was spying on you and I RECORDED YOU SATISFYING YOURSELF!

After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces.

I can send the video to all your contacts, friends, post it on social network, publish it on the whole web!

But, you can stop me!

Transfer exactly 1200$ with the current bitcoin (BTC) price to my bitcoin address.

You can easily buy bitcoin here: www.coingate.com , www.coinbase.com , or Google for other exchanger.
You can send the bitcoin directly to my address, or create your own wallet first here: www.login.blockchain.com/en/#/signup/ , then receive and send to mine.

My bitcoin address is: [redacted]

Copy and paste my address, it’s (cAsE-sEnSEtiVE)

I give you 3 days time to transfer the bitcoin.

As I got access to this email account, I will know if this email has already been read.
If you get this email multiple times, it’s to make sure you read it and after payment you can ignore it.
After receiving the payment, I will remove the video.

Next time update your browser before browsing the web!

Mail-Client-ID: 3063392989

Sunday, 2017 January 1, 15:59 — spam

strange spurts

In a period of 41 seconds on December 21, this site got hits purportedly following links from 75 different pages on scholarsandrogues.com, 21 on russia-insider.com, 21 on www.africaresource.com, 21 on irwinvillagetourzjamaica.com, 20 on jaykeating.com, 18 on *.ox.ac.uk, 17 on www.zylstra.org, 16 on www.nobleprog.de, 13 on ciaplescounreds.me.pn, and 10 pages on 5 other sites.

And then in 33 seconds on December 26: 57 pages on blog.tcmpage.com, 21 on worldpeace.org, 20 on faoumonso.strefa.pl, 14 on hudepajuw.inmart.asia, 13 on www.greendirectory.com, 11 on amary.site90.com, 9 on piratebox.site, 8 on www.strangehistory.net, 8 on masini.00author.com, 7 on lints.atwebpages.com, and 63 pages on 38 other sites.

No site appears in both of these clusters. Some are obvious spammers; some are genuine blogs; fourteen are small Picasa galleries, with no outgoing links.

The requests came from 99 different addresses; again none are in both clusters.

Later: When I finished examining my referral log for December, I decided it’s no longer worthwhile, particularly since Google usually doesn’t tell me what the search string was.

Monday, 2016 November 21, 14:49 — spam

a little effort, eh?

My busiest comment-spammer is not even trying: stuff like “syycvugmerscztigiejbuzgshfmb”. Come on now!

Thursday, 2016 November 17, 16:25 — psychology, spam

uncanny tedium

A month or two ago, the load of junkmail intercepted for me by Pobox suddenly jumped from about one hundred pieces a day to well over two hundred. (The difference, to judge by titles, consists of repeated pleadings from alleged horny women.)

I have long been in the habit of carefully searching the spam reports for false positives, typically finding one every 3–4 days. (Each of these is a mass-mailing to which I subscribed; I don’t recall if Pobox has ever held up genuine personal mail, though Gmail did, back when that was my primary mailbox.) Now that the burden of this chore has suddenly doubled, I find myself wishing Pobox would make more errors, to reward me.

I see an analogy with the uncanny valley phenomenon, and wonder whether anyone has tried to find a psychological optimum in error rates for problems like this.

I once read somewhere that a “teaser” toy for cats should let the cat catch the “prey” one time in six.

Tuesday, 2016 May 31, 20:51 — spam

SEOperstition

I get this comment a lot:

Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. . . .

I probably also don’t sprinkle enough chicken’s blood.

Saturday, 2016 January 2, 12:58 — spam

referral spam

Each month I look through my HTTP log for new incoming links. Most of them are phony. In December, Russian porno was up and other commercial spam was down.

Wednesday, 2015 November 18, 19:31 — spam

is insincere appreciation better than nothing?

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