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Dada/Surrealist Spam Hits Again

The involuntary literary messages strike back.

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It looks like the dada
spam campaigns
are on the wave again, this time advertising replica jewelry
and weight loss drugs.

The current unsolicited messages are based on a simple
template that employs a picture of the promoted (counterfeit) products and a
collage of lines (gibberish pulled from what seems to be the diary of an Irish
aficionado) acting as a single huge hyperlink towards the Web sites that
allegedly sell the imitations.

DADA Spam Example 1

DADA spam example 2

Along with the involuntary poetic effect, it is also worth
mentioning that the Web sites behind are renowned for their association with
fraud schemes. Both Acai Elite (also known as Vital Acai, Acai Berry Boom, and,
probably, under some other names and aliases) and Diamond Replicas (just as the
“blingalicious”
King Replica
) belong to a domain registered in Korea.

Dada spam 3 example

DADA spam example

The large amount of spam, the Web site addresses, which do
not hold an association with the Web site names, as well as the missing
security elements for the on-line transactions validation (no HTTP over
encrypted SSL or TLS when proceeding to check out) are clear marks of the scams
that run behind, most probably dealing with money and sensitive data theft
(credit card number, name and home address, phone number and e-mail address
etc.).

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.