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Habeas being exploited, again

Looks like a spammer has decided to try marking his emails with Habeas watermarks again. From the looks of things, it’s the same guy as last time – I get around 3-4 emails a day that all look very similar all trying to sell me drugs that I don’t need. For some reason this spammer seems to think that even though I didn’t want those drugs 6 hours ago, I may well want them now so they’d better send me an email just in case. I suppose it’s nice to feel wanted.
Anyway, usual advice applies: if you receive a junk message with a Habeas watermark – and SpamAssassin is one product that picks these up – then go to the report spam page on their site and copy and paste the entire email (with the all-important headers) into the box and send it in. That way, the IP addresses responsible (which appear to be home users with machines that have become zombified via trojan horse viruses) can be blacklisted and the spammer will hopefully realise that this is a bad idea – either because his email isn’t getting through because it’s being blocked, or Habeas find out who he is and serve him with a copyright infringement lawsuit. It’ll probably be the former, but I’d like it to be the latter since the court case could prove somewhat interesting.
And to follow on from the previoius entry, I am knackered so it’s off to bed I go.

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