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Re: 6 postings today -- *all* spam

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: 6 postings today -- *all* spam
Date: 30 Jun 2002 10:25:30 +0200
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 08:26:13 +0000
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Joe Fineman <address@hidden> wrote on Sat, 29 Jun 2002 21:41:14 GMT:
> What on earth is going on?  None of the other gnu newsgroups I
> subscribe to are suffering from this infestation.  Is the word "bug"
> attracting it?  Why?

Of the last hundred threads I've seen on gnu.emacs.bug, 74 have been
utterly off-topic.  Of those, 45 have been in non-Latin scripts, mainly
(or exclusively) korean such as ks_c_5601-1987.  They seem to originate
from anonymous addresses.  Filtering out these posts would increase the
signal/noise ratio from about 25% to about 50%.

Does anybody have any hypothesis as to the motivation of these spammers?
Surely the number of people in gnu.emacs.bug who can read these languages
is, with the greatest of respect to them, not large, and the number who
would actually respond to any these things is vanishingly small.

Is there anybody here fluent in any of these languages who can tell us
what these unwanted posts are saying?

Incidentally, can anybody explain to me what scam all these ostensible
corrupt Nigerian officials are up to?

Each of these postings carries an "approved" header.  Is this header
genuinely added by GNU, or is it forged?

> ---  Joe Fineman    address@hidden

Alan Mackenzie (Munich, Germany)
Email: address@hidden; to decode, wherever there is a repeated letter
(like "aa"), remove half of them (leaving, say, "a").

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