The Spam Theorems

In the below post on the Spam Curve, I explained a little bit about what the curve is and the nature of what it represents.  In the next series of posts, I will outline what I call “The Spam Theorems.” The Spam Theorems are my own logical conclusions that we can hopefully infer from the curve. …


The Spam Curve – a theory

I have a theory about the nature of spam and non-spam.  Spam and non-spam, in terms of their legitimacy, are at different ends of the spectrum.  They do not share very many characteristics that are similar, for the most part.  However, there is still that very small proportion of overlap which makes it difficult to…

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Slight shift in focus

I have changed my blog a little bit to greater reflect what it actually is.  Whereas before the blog was called “The Exchange Hosted Services – Spam Team Blog” now it is called “Terry Zink’s Spam Team Blog.”  It is not an official blog by the spam team, rather, it is a blog about what it’s…


More on trends and relationships

In the next little while, my role as a spam analyst is going to be transitioning from analysis to a more research role.  Some of my duties will involve researchings trends. I am a part-time stock speculator (very amateur… I am not making a fortune but I am treading water in 2006 despite it being…

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Perhaps America has got talent

As an amateur magician with no intention of ever turning pro, I enjoy seeing new and creative magic acts.  I came across this one today; it’s very good.  These quick-change artists are among the best I have ever seen.


Spam on the rise

This is from the “Well, obviously” file, but as we all know, spam volume is on the rise.  Everybody on the spam team knows this but we didn’t really get a handle on just how much it has risen until I saw some internal statistics. I took a look at a certain-domain-that-we-filters’ total spam by…


Amusing video

From time to time I come across amusing or interesting content as part of my spam processing.  The following video is one such amusing web page / video that I have had the pleasure of coming across. Enjoy.


10,000 different versions of Viagra

Viagra spam continues to be the most uniquely spammed product.  By unique, what I mean is if you take a specific product, be it a Rolex, mortgage refinance or university degree, Viagra occurs more often than any other product. I never realized how much a spammer could obfuscate the word ‘viagra’ and still have it…


Want a rolex? Check your spam folder.

Around Christmas time, one of the most common, if not the most common type of spam is rolex watch spam.  Spammers from all around the world spam our inboxes advertising knock-off replica watches.  Breitling, Rolex, Tag… I am surprised that I managed to name so many.  Prior to starting this position all I had ever…

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Thoughts on Microsoft stock

I’m currently experiencing writer’s block when it comes to writing about spam so I thought I’d post my thoughts on the recent action of Microsoft’s share price. One thing companies do to encourage employees to stick around is offer them shares or stock options, which is the right to buy shares at an agreed-upon strike…

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How long does a spam run last, anyways?

Since I’ve been here for two years, I have noticed that the way spammers irritate us has evolved from a lot of text-based stuff to relying on image-based spam.  However, one thing that has remained fairly consistent is the amount of time a lot of spam runs last. I remember in September 2004, after the…


Dow Theory and stock spam

One of the things I do in my spare time is trade stocks on the stock market.  With all of the stock spam we (ie, customers) receive I wondered if there were any applications to the market and market theory. Something I have learned about in the past two years of trading is Dow Theory. …

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Useful tips for customers

I believe that this information is also available on the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services site, but I thought I’d repost it here. When making spam submissions, copy the original headers from the email (in Outlook, right-click the message and select Message Options) and forward the message, pasting in the headers at the top of the…


Where is this spam coming from?

I recently got an email question from a reader asking about where spam is coming from, that is, who is the originator of the spam message?  The reader was a little confused about the header information, so below is a quick guide to interpreting email. Basically, the sender of the spam is the last IP address…


I don’t want to brag… but I will

This past week we have been getting a flood of image-only spam.  These types of messages are difficult to filter, as I have alluded to in another post. Well, just yesterday I put in a spam rule that was designed to block those types of spams.  Today, I checked the performance on it and it…

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