25/1/12

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There's a new variation on one of the ever-popular testing campaigns.

(A "testing campaign" is where the spammer pokes a location that it might like to actively spam in the future, to see how easy it is to leave comments there, how long the comments last, and whether they will show up in search engines, and possibly other things. These campaigns don't actually leave spam links, but they're still run by spammers, get in people's way, and should be treated the same as spam with actual links.)

This particular spam campaign features a subject line that looks like YouTube sneezed, and then a financially-related comment. It probably makes no sense in context with the entry or comment that it's in reply to.

Other similar campaigns:
Keysmash subject, vague compliment
Keysmash subject, vague compliment (often self-deprecating) with (at least) one misspelled word (there may be other misspelled words in the comment, but those are usually in line with common netspeak; the misspelled word that identifies this campaign uses all the correct letters, but out of order)

Be suspicious of any comment that includes a random-looking keysmash, because that keysmash is probably unique to that one piece of spam, and the spammer will go looking for it later to see if what it did that time got through and made it stay in place.