Habeas apparently makes their money by giving folks tools to receive email which is ‘wanted’. Hilariously enough, however, one of the main ways they accomplish this is by: inserting a haiku into the headers of an email! A recent spam to my account showed the poetic verve of the company:
X-Habeas-SWE-1: winter into spring
X-Habeas-SWE-2: brightly anticipated
X-Habeas-SWE-3: like Habeas SWE ™
X-Habeas-SWE-4: Copyright 2002 Habeas ™
X-Habeas-SWE-5: Sender Warranted Email (SWE) ™. The sender of this
X-Habeas-SWE-6: email in exchange for a license for this Habeas
X-Habeas-SWE-7: warrant mark warrants that this is a Habeas Compliant
X-Habeas-SWE-8: Message (HCM) and not spam. Please report use of this
X-Habeas-SWE-9: mark in spam to http://www.habeas.com/report/.
Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but isn’t it obvious that headers of email can be forged five ways to friday?
So no one should be shocked, SHOCKED, that some spammers have figured out that by including these headers, spam filters can be bypassed. Comic relief, spamku style (thanks Dan Sparvero for the word “spamku”!), is to be found here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/34969.html