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Code in mail

  1. Sep 21, 2004 #1
    hey guys i recently found a code in a spam e-mail sent to me, it apears to be a word substitution code and i havent been able to break it (not sure if there is a way) anyway heres the portin of code i got, if you think you might need more examples e-mail me, i wont post them here becasue some of them have bad language but this one's good;

    "coyly macro abbot an tenth fatal named also panda yield coyly skill
    found oasis macaw fugue lodge voice pines tells times knelt route hello vbweb quota cream
    glory keeps as wheel audit crack sugar gaily class knelt lives stuck girls
    hello alias abuzz ovals the taboo young newly fewer
    fight right floor wrong saved crept exams check check stood.
    tails glory crowd as sabin going

    added their a sabin covet weirs chevy cries alias intel feint as
    also cries olive cloud upset video glory ulcer rhode stood the crave safer moody eerie
    today allen crime qualm glory block tales goose bored a unsay teats holds
    grand small fader plump an merry death begin an
    worry clock abeam vivid fudge shake medic snack creed north.
    start cairn erect woods using joint

    usual night belts reply unsay grows yukon state kudzu jewel
    acted idaho intel eerie maine allot

    abets speak.

    couch salsa.

    and shark."


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  3. Sep 21, 2004 #2


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    All 5-letter words except for 'and', 'as', 'an' and 'a'....strange !! :uhh:
  4. Sep 21, 2004 #3
    yeah i really have no experience with eord substitution codes, i work on vinergerette PGP and things like that ive got another question, majorly off topic too, a vinegerette cipher with a random key for every letter, nonrepeating, it should create an unbreakable right?

    P.S. oh and you missed a few 4 letter words; also
  5. Sep 22, 2004 #4


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    I don't believe it's a code. Spammers put a long list of randomly selected words into their spam to spoof antispam programs.
  6. Sep 22, 2004 #5
    yeah but ive gotten other codes like this, it looks like an signiture @the bottom, they all seem to be in that form and theyre always diffferent

  7. Sep 22, 2004 #6


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    And, as Tide said, they're all generated by the same program pulling random words out of a dictionary to make its spam look like a legitimate letter to anti-spam software. I agree that there's no code to be found here.

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  8. Sep 22, 2004 #7
    hmmm, yeas i guess tis might make sence, but the words dont seem to be chosen out of the dictionary, most of them could be used i pornographic kind of spam letter, like the 1 this came in, but then again that probably doesnt matter, ok thanks

  9. Sep 22, 2004 #8
    then again, now that ui look @ it, youre right, they do look random, must be my dirty mind again lol

  10. Sep 22, 2004 #9


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    Something looking "random" is not a sign that it is not a ciphertext. Au contraire in this case, the fact that about 90% of the words are 5-letter words (ie : a lack of randomness) is what is suggestive of it being "not a code".
  11. Sep 22, 2004 #10
    r u saying you think it is a code?

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