P^l[e]a*(s){e} B.(u)_y N{}o+w

A fair amount of undetected spam hit my home mailbox over the weekend (and it wasn’t P|FDF either). The campaign involved stock spam, with various enticing subject lines, and heavily ASCII obfuscated text in the message body. For example:

beatles

Spam can be an odd beast – some of the campaigns recently discussed present an air of professionalism which you might imagine may fool the recipient. But with campaigns such as this one does anyone ever actually fall for it? Does the campaign achieve anything at all other than succeed to bypass some spam filters? The only interesting thing is appreciating how effective the human brain is at filtering out the ASCII noise and extracting the message within.