Thursday October 12, 2006

Neoprene What Now?

Attention spammers!

  1. I do not want to order a "Neoprene Horse boot",
  2. I do not know what a "Neoprene Horse boot" is, and
  3. I am afraid to Google the phrase "Neoprene Horse boot" in order to find out.

That is all.

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Hahahaha, that's really weird. Although I didn't google that, I did buy a couple of pairs last week. They're just little neoprene & velcro boots to protect horses' lower legs.

Posted by: Bridget at Oct 12, 2006 6:20:31 AM

Oh, I now realize I misread and my comment doesn't make sense. I thought that was a search phrase someone used to get here.

Posted by: Bridget at Oct 12, 2006 6:21:35 AM

They're just little neoprene & velcro boots to protect horses' lower legs.

Man, there is something deeply weird going on in the world of spam these days. Recently I've also been getting a lot of content-free-title-only spam (i.e. title says nothing, no body, no attachments). What is the spammers' business model? How big is the market for equestrian supplies? How do you make money selling nothing? (Volume?)

Of course, this probably means Google is about to buy them for 1.65 beelyon dollars.

Posted by: The Tensor at Oct 12, 2006 3:31:49 PM

There's three main theories about content free spam (or that just as weird kind of spam with a whole bunch of gibberish and nothing else)

1: It's being generated by compromised bot-nets that generate a blank or gibberish filled email then connect to the spammer's server to get the sales pitch. If the spammer's server has been taken down they don't get anything to insert, but then send out the email anyway.

2: It's an attempt to take down spam filters by bombarding them with so much irrational, non-analyzable junk that they curl up and die, letting the real spam through.

3: The Internet has achieved sentience and these emails are the digital equivalent of infant babling :)

Posted by: Purple Wyrm at Oct 13, 2006 5:16:44 PM

I just got "neoprene horse boot" spam too. No URL, just a list of prices for the various sizes of neoprene horse boots.

Posted by: KCinDC at Oct 31, 2006 10:26:11 AM