How delightfully creative. Except that the message is marked as being encoded
in ISO-8859-1, which doesn’t contain those code points. All the cleverness
(probably aimed at some mail program that accepts the invalid code points) was
ignored, leaving gibberish. The good news is that even if they fix that, the
presence of “‮” in e-mail is going to be a pretty good indicator of
something phishy going on.
While listening to an
Bruce Schneier recently, I was struck by his
depiction of the problem of the red and blue doors. Simply put, he observes
that much security thinking is (given the way politics works) inevitably built
around watching which door the bad guys go through, then putting guards on it.
Money spent, “something has been done”, problem solved.
New medium, same old sleaze it seems. Today, someone wishing to advertise Those
Blue Pills placed a comment on each of the fifteen posts I’d made here so far.
Just to make sure the message got through, some posts got up to three copies of
This was annoying, but I should have been expecting it.
Along with computer viruses, spam (however defined) is becoming a significant barrier to actually getting things done with these computer things. Almost everyone would love it if there was an easy solution to the problems spam causes: either a technical solution or a non-technical (legal or social) one would do.