Spam fortune cookies

Graham Cluley

I’ve always had a sneaky respect for the inventiveness of spammers and other cybercriminals.

Although what they get up to is clearly morally and legally wrong, from time to time you have to respect their entrepreneurial zeal and ability to respond rapidly to new opportunities, if not their criminal behaviour and the victims they leave behind.

Which is why it gives me great pleasure whenever I see someone turn the tables, and take advantage of the spammers and hackers themselves.

Over at the XKCD store they’re selling some very special fortune cookies. Special because they contain messages derived from spam messages.

As they explain on their website, each pack contains 20 fortune cookies, complete “with the finest hand-picked spam email subject lines. Impress your friends with dessert that they can’t automatically filter into a junk folder!”

If you can think of other…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.