[Dshield] New email spam

Chris Mitchell cmitchell at smtusa.com
Mon Dec 22 15:53:44 GMT 2003

I was always told the padding was to generate extra characters so that an
email could not be filtered by size or some kind of check sum based on size.
This would allow the spammer to send the same message in the subject instead
of having to buy or create a program which would rotate through pre-created
messages.  Maybe someone else can comment if I am incorrect.

Chris Mitchell
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-----Original Message-----
From: list-bounces at dshield.org [mailto:list-bounces at dshield.org] On Behalf
Of Kenneth Coney
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 10:39 AM
To: list at dshield.org
Subject: Re: [Dshield] New email spam

I too have noticed a lot of those.  I also see a lot of spam junk with 
wrptu6 or w-8t5 dnb or similar gibberish in the email subject line.   I 
doubt if any human's english is that bad, so I have to assume it is 
autogenerated.  I suspect it is what we used to call padding. I have no 
idea why or what purpose it is supposed to serve.   Possibly a spam writing 
program is damaged?

Subject: [Dshield] New email spam
From: "Barton L. Phillips" <barton at bartonphillips.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 10:04:59 -0800
To: list at dshield.org

I have been getting 15 to 20 of these emails a day. They all seem to have 
bad links and the plain text and part of the html has a bunch of random 
words. I thought maybe this was an attempt to confuse the Bayes filters. 
Any thoughts?


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