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Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 19:37:04 +1100

It is bloody hard to keep up with all this spam. It could become a full time occupation ... Hey! anyone want to hire a spam investigator?

I just received one which was remarkably brief, purporting to be from TraciLFU4775 (from AIM). It basically consisted of a URL. (http://autoabstract.rxmedsifsite.com/?wid=3D209095 - Javascript only -- MSIE browsers beware!). The evidence is here.

This came from IP address 203.251.182.173, a Korean address. 203.251.182.128/23 has been given to KORNET-HOTLINE2003220208-KR. Blars has it listed (127.1.0.32) as a subnet that hosts spammer sites.

The address of the autoabstract.rxmedsifsite.com website is 219.146.55.178, which according to whois is a Chinese netblock.

The name TraciLFU4775, I leave to the reader's imagination. If the name is meant to belong to someone called Tracy then we are expected to believe that this person may (or may not) have been sending messages with AIM (AOL Instant Messenger). I don't know anything about AIM, but judging by their home page ( http://www.aim.com/get_aim/express/aim_expr.adp?aolp= ) I probably will not experience it unless I start browsing with MSIE or Netscape 7.1. (the only browsers that they say they support).

And it seems that if instant messenger (of the AOL or Microsoft variety) had been invented first, email would have seemed a marvelous invention!


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