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  • A Blast From the Past – Magical Spam

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on October 4th, 2015 (All posts by )

    (An updated version of a post from some years ago, presented for your diversion. I confess that things to do with real life, the Tiny Publishing Bidness and my busy schedule of book-related events have been coming thick and fast. I have about three posts on various topics planned, half-written and nearly complete, but, alas — this will have to do for now.)

    Among my regular chores as regards maintenance of the various sites that I own and administer is that of emptying out the spam queue – which, unless there is more than a couple of hundred entries in it – I feel obliged to do a quick pass-over just to make sure that no ones legitimate comment has been caught in the spam torrent. This does happen, on occasion. But the most marvelous part is that none of the automated comment spam has ever “leaked” into the blog portions of The Daily Brief, Celia Hayes Books & More, and the new addition to the Sgt. Mom family of websites, LunaCityTexas.com, thus depriving readers of a handy link with which to purchase or download a dizzying variety of pharmaceutical products, porn, online games of chance, fake designer products,  and cell phone ring tones. (Alas, sometimes legitimate comments are caught in the spam queue.) Every once in a while, there is a spam which looks like a completely conventional and legitimate business; a spam with somewhat of an embarrassed look to it, as if not being able to figure out how it got into such disreputable company. But such are very rare – and since I do not click on the links, I have no way of knowing if they are indeed legitimate – or just generated by someone who is a little cleverer about disguising themselves.

    Most of this stuff is so inept, so very bad at even looking like a blog comment that I wonder what they are getting out of generating it to start with. Sometimes it comes in Russian, Chinese, sometimes Italian and Spanish, but most often in fractured English. For one particular week of working in the spam-queue mine, it came with topic headings like this: “Cartoon Alien Porn” “lindsay lohan razzie” “limewire 2008 free download” and “Celebrity Cartoon Porn”. Some of the most curious comes with a two word comment that looks like someone has been playing a random matching game with a thesaurus. It results in such madly poetical conceptual pairings as “shooing inosculate” ” trimmed pestiferous” “dilutions hernial ” “fecundated anticorrosive” “surfeit psychoanalyze” “adumbratively tawdries” ” insolvent joists” “nettlier intarsia” “glutinously cosmos”. Yes, those phrases came from one week’s spam haul – I copied over the most hilarious for your delectation.

    One of the most common recent spam comments is a sample comment with a dozen or so different iterations/versions for every sentence in brackets. Obviously, someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to generate and disseminate an all-purpose spam template. The prospective spam-comment generator (assumed to be non-fluent in English) is clearly expected to pick and choose various selections of the sentences in the template and cobble together a semi-coherent comment in sort-of colloquial English, but the Deity bless them, most of the comment-spam-generating morons just send out the entire template.

    Some spam comments have just a random string of letters as text: thusly – “qjkdgtvf tdelpfnq ngwakhqb phkm ncyflb jhgikz ykwlqrcvp” but others have made a go of inserting a sentence – or at least half a sentence. All the following examples came as text for links to various porn sites. At least someone is trying. Not very hard, or with much success, but at least they are trying:

     

    An English-language quarterly magazine targeting professional

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    Jon Tester is a third-generation Montana farmer who understands

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    The last variety of spam is a real head-shaker: that’s the one that comes as a couple of hundred lines of text with links embedded in every two or three words. These go on and on and on, to the point where one wonders where the hell whoever generated it has been for the last couple of years. I believe most blog spam-filters kick back comments with more than one or two embedded links. One would think one with two or three hundred would be kicked back so far it would come out the backside of whoever sent it out – but hey, I don’t know anything at all about the thought processes of whoever generates this stuff. I just deal with the results.

    Here’s another choice bit from the sample week that I collected: I imagine it came from someone using their own very special website-crawler/random text generator.

     

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    I have only one cogent thought about the generators of automated spam – and that is, if they are charging someone money to effectively package and disseminate text and links disguised as legitimate comment through out the blogosphere – than someone is really getting ripped off.

     

    One Response to “A Blast From the Past – Magical Spam”

    1. Gringo Says:

      My ISP does a very good job of eliminating spam in my e-mails. Perhaps five a month slip through.