The spam underworld has evolved recently. No longer are they
satisfied using bulk mailing programs. Now they are using web proxies that don't even
regard the SMTP protocol. Spammers are throwing their poorly written messages into
proxies using the HTTP protocol, and the proxies are instructed to relay the messages to E-Mail
servers. But the catch is that HTTP proxies only know how to deal with the HTTP protocol,
so although the SMTP server receives line after line of invalid commands, the proxy isn't even
paying attention to error responses! And what's worse, by the time the proxy connects to
the mail server, the message text has already been prepared and is catapulted in full at the
SMTP server, thereby forcing me to add code for breaking this crap into multiple lines so as to
11-03-2004 21:52:54 - SMTP Session: 22.214.171.124
11-03-2004 21:52:54 - POST / HTTP/1.0
Via: 1.0 PRIMAPROXY
From: "Daniel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 04:31:02 GMT
Subject: Tons of big name software at huge savings!
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$90 Adobe Pagemaker 7.0
$120 Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
$60 Norton Antivirus 2004 Professional
$90 Adobe Photoshop 7.0
$60 Red Hat Linux 7.3
$80 Windows 2000 Professional
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$90 Adobe Pagemaker 7.0
$120 Quickbooks 2004
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11-20-2004 20:19:11 - SMTP Session: 126.96.36.199
11-20-2004 20:19:11 - POST / HTTP/1.0
From: "Joseph" <wolfMan21a@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 06:33:13 GMT
Subject: Go all night!
<BODY><TABLE border=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD border=1><TABLE border=1><TR>
FACE="arial"><B>V I A G R A</B></A></CENTER><FONT
SIZE=2 face="comic sans
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in 15 minutes!</TD>
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So interestingly enough, although I did not actually receive this junk in my inbox, I still
"received" it while viewing my log files. The message text is sent so quickly to my server,
that it's read as one large chunk. Originally, my server was regarding that large chunk as
a single command. It was an invalid command, but it was still being written to the log, so
I still "received" the spam.
Well done, spammers... You're so desperate to get away with flooding the Internet with your
scams that you have enlisted unrelated Internet protocols to mask your origins. I hope
everyone realizes at this point that spam doesn't actually make money for spammers. They
only send out spam because they can. Just look at the lunacy of their messages. No
one is actually going to do business with some moron who includes the phrase, "cannonda
fionatimber dead venus depeche dead glenn" in his sales pitch. I believe if a salesman were
to speak that at a shop to a prospective customer (even a prospective customer looking to
purchase illegal $oftware or lengthen his pen1s), the salesman would get punched in the face.
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