Gathan Beaga

Clever Spammers...

I recently started receiving spam that looked like the following:

On January 1st 2002, the Europ<zorientoval>ean countries began using the new Euro. Never before have so many countries with such po<facesserentque>werful<facesserentque> economies united to use a single currency. Get your piece of history now! We would like to send you a FR<zorientoval>EE Euro and a F<zorientoval>REE report on <facesserentque>world currency. Just visit our site to request your E<zorientoval>uro and Euro re<zorientoval>port.
This seems to be formatted as an evasive measure against keyword based spam filters that many individuals and ISPs run now. The words likely to be picked up in the filters (European, powerful, FREE) have been masked out in such a way that the filter can’t detect them. And any HTML capable email reader will ignore any non-tag text found between “<” and “>”, so that the end user will see the words unobstructed.

Very clever. I wonder if Bayesian filters can detect this sort of thing…