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 Post subject: [2005] Decoding the spam: Inside the beast
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:32 pm 
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First published: 2005

Decoding the spam: Inside the beast

First, for those that have not yet read the previous articles, lets take a look back.

In part 1 - A tribute to Joe, we dissected the body of a Rolex scam that led us invariably, to Mr Buchar and his "cheap watches". Part 2 - From head to eternity saw us running through the headers of an e-mail, to determine the real path the e-mail took to get to our poor inbox.

Well, as the last article of the year, I thought we'd take a look at safely decoding the encoded body and attatchments of an e-mail, and how you can protect yourself - without having to be a geek.

In part 1, I pointed you to a tip from Tom Liston, that showed how to use a Javascript against itself, in order to show us the real content. Rather than go through this again I thought we'd look at BASE64 encoded e-mails, and an extremely simple (and free) method YOU can use to find the content behind the code.

Take for example, the following partial code. This code was taken from a recent bit of rubbish I received in my inbox, claiming to come from someone called "Bob Frye" with something to do with momentum building for whatever a "smallcap" is (what exactly is a smallcap anyway?). ... 14-12-2005

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