Extracts of a novel : Is this a virus?
Thread poster: Laure Trads

Laure Trads  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:05
Member (2004)
English to French
Jun 22, 2005

Hi,

For the past few months, I've been receiving emails from various addresses, unknown to me, with what seems to be extracts of a novel, like the one below. I've just been ignoring and deleling them. But they keep coming, and I was wondering: Is anyone else getting them? Are they a new form of virus?

Laure

"Hello,
A mutinous cur that shows his fangs to his master must learn goodAlthough hit by one shot only, this had crushed her larboard timbersOgle, said he, in a voice cold and sharp as steel, your stationcast up the surrendered account-books, with a view to ascertainingMiss Bishop aboard would make us safe, not for his mother wouldof their victory. This, after all, was no more than a preliminarythousand pieces of eight. His lordship laughed again with a touchgreat force to harass the Spaniards upon sea and land, and to keepAh! And what way may that be?haughtiness would not allow him to yield before his officers.Mr. Blood got between the day-bed and the troopers.reflection that he had not shaved. I forget nothing, I assure you,confusion in his mind, he found coherent thought impossible.remains unaltered, I must confess that since M. de Cussy has pledgedin him. Extremes touch, and in touching may for a space becomephrase filled his brain, reechoing and reverberating there."


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:05
Member (2000)
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Captain Blood Jun 22, 2005

I've no idea why you are receiving these, but this is an excerpt from the novel "Captain Blood", by Rafael Sabatini (I enjoyed reading his books when I was about 14 - a long time ago).

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xxxtazdog
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Viagra spam Jun 22, 2005

I haven't received any of these e-mails (yet), but they're apparently Viagra spam:

14th March 2005
Bayes fodder Viagra spammers are using Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini this week
http://www.antespam.co.uk/spaminsights/


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:05
German to English
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Certainly spam Jun 22, 2005

Well, I'd say it's certainly spam. Many spammers include "real" text in their emails, which makes it harder for spam detection programs (like Spam Assassin, Bayesian programs) to identify them as junk. Simply because they look "real": a one-line Viagra ad at the end of 3 paragraphs of literature, or a virus/Trojan attached to an email of a novel extract.

The funniest are the ones that don't bother to quote real literature but instead cobble together fairly random text. They include things like "Dogs barking can't fly without umbrellas" and other gibberish.


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:05
German to English
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Anna Karenina + Rolexes Jun 22, 2005

My latest spam had 3 lines selling "luxury Rolexes" followed by several paragraphs of Anna Karenina!:

"Not one word did Stepan Arkadyevich say in reference to Kitty and the Shcherbatskys; he merely gave him greetings from his wife. Levin was grateful to him for his delicacy..."


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