The Secret Life of Spam
You may not have noticed, but I’ve had quite a crop of spam comments this last day or so. I didn’t think to keep track, but instead of my usual maybe one a week, at a guess I’d estimate that I’ve had 6-10 just today. In addition, they where all the kind were just a nonsense string of gobbedly-gook is left.
Now, I’m sure wiser computer heads could tell us why these would be left, and maybe even venture a reason why my blog is suddenly so special, but I know what I believe.
It’s the Great Spam Conspiracy.
You know how in spy movies, or shows like Alias, the undercover agent leaves their message or incriminating film in a common brown bag and drops it in a garbage can while they waltz on by? Then an agent, or handler, recovers the information with equal aplomb, and the message is securely passed despite all kinds of high-tech preventive measures and protections built up to keep the information from being passed along.
Well, what we think of as spam is really this process taking place on the internet. An agent drops an incripted message as a comment on some random Joe or Jane’s blog, and that message is quickly read and understood by the agent’s people. Then perhaps an equally garbled message will be returned using the same method.
This can go on for days, and the blog host is never the wiser. If the messages being passed are extra-sensitive or the code is not known to be secure, than of course the powers that be choose a site which is regularly maintained so the ‘spam’ comments will be quickly deleted.
That means that my blog being chosen is a good sign. It means I’m now listed as a site where spam will be dealt with quickly, and I can look forward to more of these highly-confidential goobledy-gook ‘spam’ comments to pass over my site and into the eyes and ears of receiving agents.