I wrote this up a few months ago when my machine was infected with BraveSentry.. since then I’ve been able to get my machine back to normal without having to reinstall windows, but it did require me to reinstall SP2 to get my network settings completely back to normal and restore NAT. I intended to document everything needed to restore my machine but unfortunately I didn’t write everything down, so I present this incomplete post as-is in case it is useful to someone.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Ok well, it was actually intellectually plunger but hey, you can’t ask for perfection from spam bots and their random subject line generators all the time
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
A few months ago, I started receiving a good deal of spam with randomly generated subject lines. Most of them aren’t really all that interesting and just sound like random words strung together. But sometimes I do get a bit of spam with a funny or interesting title. Today I received a bit of mail with the headline: Slushy Siphon. Sounds like a good band name or something.
I recall the first randomly generated spam title that really stuck in my mind: “My Darpa Protozoa”. Darpa is of course the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and it is within this agency that the Internet, originally called DarpaNet was born. A protozoa is of course a basic form of life. I imagine that the spam was generated via an Internet virus that has commandeered a machine and turned it into a zombie spammer.. in other words, it has been infected with a Darpa Protozoa Perhaps the email was a cry for help.