Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 08:28:33 -0400

Author: "Thomas O'Neill"

Subject: RE: hack?

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Gotterspammerung

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By Robert MacMillan

washingtonpost.com Staff Writer

Monday, May 16, 2005; 10:48 AM

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Spamwurst rides again.

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Almost a year after they first appeared, hundreds of German-language
junk e-mails are once more sprouting up in many people's inboxes. The
first messages arrived Saturday with subject lines such as "Armenian
Genocide Plagues Ankara 90 Years On," "Multi-Kulturell=3DMulti-Kriminell"
and "Dresden Bombing Is to Be Regretted Enormously," the latter being a
classic example of the passive-voice sentence that sounds as mellifluous
in German as it sounds ridiculous in English.

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The technological details come courtesy of Australian IT reporter Chris
Jenkins: "A spokeswoman for e-mail filtering group Message Labs said the
e-mails had been propagated by the 'Sober.q' variant of the Sober worm,
the first generation of which appeared in 2003." Jenkins reported that
the people who mounted the campaign used computers hijacked with the
worm to double as the senders. This explains why the spam comes from all
sorts of different address, including people whom you might know.

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The content might not be as easy to determine for baffled recipients who
don't speak German. For the most part, it constitutes a mixed bag of
racist epithets, tirades about Germans being made to feel like strangers
in their own land and arguments against allowing Turkey to join the
European Union.

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(more at web site)

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THO

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Thomas O'Neill

Physics

Shenandoah Valley Governor's School

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-----Original Message-----
From: sampere [mailto:sampere@physics.syr.edu]=20
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 6:17 AM
To: tap-l@listproc.appstate.edu
Subject: hack?

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Has tap-l been hacked? I'm getting all kinds of German porn sent via all


my buddies at tap-l. Are you all getting the same sort of stuff?

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Sam

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junk e-mails are once more sprouting up in many people's inboxes. The first=
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arrived Saturday with subject lines such as "Armenian Genocide Plagues
Ankara 90 Years On," "Multi-Kulturell=3DMulti-Kriminell" and
"Dresden Bombing Is to Be Regretted Enormously," the latter being=
a
classic example of the passive-voice sentence that sounds as mellifluous in
German as it sounds ridiculous in English.



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reporter Chris Jenkins: "A spokeswoman for e-mail filtering group Mess=
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worm, the first generation of which appeared in 2003." Jenkins reported
that the people who mounted the campaign used computers hijacked with the w=
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to double as the senders. This explains why the spam comes from all sorts of
different address, including people whom you might know.



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who don't speak German. For the most part, it constitutes a mixed bag of ra=
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From: sampere [mailto:sampere@physics.syr.edu]

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To: tap-l@listproc.appstate.edu

Subject: hack?



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