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Dear Lazyweb, is my spam a ciphertext?

Posted on 2009.06.21 at 22:53
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I got the following message as spam. I'm 99% sure this is random spam noise, but I'm curious to see if it translates to anything. I *think* those are largely real words with other stuff stuck in, like thiskioqlceremony. Anyone feel like making sense of it or pumping it into a decryption algorithm for fun?


Subject: htnm eprd ftz fcygps vj

qcwq txpg positxamion
vkioqthe cfhtpart
you miep by dift
youffcygme syvjfrom talnhtart.
Illbektqo beijnrgfore snqcw.
beqtxp pouncedxamkpony.
thiskioqlceremony
fhtnm fileprdlsmy ftzff.
a punygpsych toy vojlallunteer khfktqnee.
is cijalu wargesnnt tohcwqqear
axpgdnd aamkvkyou woqlcsee.


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ostraya
ostraya at 2009-06-23 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
Those remaining double ffs are strangely suspicious... but it still doesn't really look like keyboard pounding. I wonder if those letters are a reasonable approximation of a pure random distribution? (darnit, now I want to make a graph)
ostraya
ostraya at 2009-06-23 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
Pumped it into a counter, and it looks pretty evenly distributed:

CharacterFrequency
_25
q11
t10
f9
a8
k8
n8
l7
c7
g6
i6
h5
e5
m5
p5
w4
d4
x4
j4
s4
o4
y3
v3
r2
.2
u1
b1
z1

ostraya
ostraya at 2009-06-23 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
But yes it mostly begs the question "Why?" My current theory is that someone totally misunderstood how to get past Bayesian spam filters.

I liked the header on my latest spam: "fiery borg relayed"

Now that's getting past the filters like a pro. ;)
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ostraya
ostraya at 2009-06-24 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
ooh, clever! that's one part of the mystery solved!
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