Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A very interesting spam email...

As you probably can guess, as a security team we see LOTS of spam email.  And we always encourage avoiding any interaction with them. :)  The email below is no different, and has the obvious markings of being SPAM.  But it has something else very interesting too…

In the orange bar, there is some text.  That text and the contents of the message contain what seems to be a rather good recipe for a salad: 
* tablespoons olive oil
* 1 12tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1tablespoon red wine vinegar
* 2garlic cloves, minced
* 1teaspoon dried oregano(Mediterranean is best)
** Salad
* 1head lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces ((I use Romaine)
* 3large plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
* 1English cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped (the long, thin, almost seedless ones)
* 1medium red onion, cut into thin rings and soaked for 10 minutes in a small bowl of ice water to make it less sharp
* 1small green pepper, cut into thin rings
* 34cup kalamata olive
* 34cup crumbled feta cheese

We think that you will enjoy this.

1. Seed the bell peppers and cut them into 1-inch chunks. Stem the cherry tomatoes and halve one-half of them, leaving the others whole.
2. Peel and thickly slice the cucumbers, and thinly slice the red onions. Cut the feta cheese into 1-inch cubes. Crush and mince the garlic clove.
3. In a large bowl, combine the bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, olives, anchovies and capers and toss together.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, dill, oregano, salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a thick dressing.
5. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve now.This is the most delicious salad - fresh and wonderful-tasting. FYI, lettuce can very much be a part of any greek salad - if you want it to. We like lettuce in my family and I often add it. It would not be 'authentic' in a Horiatiki (village) salad, but who cares?

Why, you ask???  It’s because spammers often fill the content of their emails with unrelated text that will increase the chances of their email getting past anti-spam filters.  Normally, they hide the text in the source of the email, so you can’t see it.  In this case, they must have forgotten to do that…

Remember to think before you click! :)

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