Mitch H. of the always interesting Blogfonte suggested that the spam I've been quoting is "some sort of viral package, which pads itself with random text blocks harvested from MS Word documents found on the victim's machine, in an attempt to defeat Boolean spam filters." He's probably right -- that would explain why some of the "Ibbur" emails (so-called, by me at least, because the word "Ibbur" appears in the subject line, and sometimes somewhere in the text) deal with the curious story of Ash, murdered for reasons of metempsychosis or some such. The latest Ibbur doesn't mention Ash by name, but seems to continue the story.
Police investigation led by Lt. Jacoby at a dead end. Assuming, given the number of photographs, that there were too many potential enemies, Jacoby took a different tack, and has been questioning Museum of Victorian Morality employees about an old octavo volume, wrapped first in wax paper, then with plain brown shipping paper, and tied with twine. The title, author and subject of book are presently unknown, as is its location, as its existence.
Story by journalist C.K. suggested that a book was key to killing. C.K. described book as quarto volume; ornate cover with gold leaf lettering. Because of this sensationalist description, C.K.'s editor spiked the story.
Bizarre -- perhaps an outline for a work of fiction? I can't tell, but it sure beats the online pharmacy, business supply, discount software and "I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$44 million left behind by my late client" spam I normally get.
By the way, I think I'm reasonably well protected from any harm ibbur might be spreading -- one of the unspoken benefits of having an Apple is that most viruses are geared to attack Windows machines. I still have anti-viral protection of course, and I never open emails with attachments from strangers...Posted by Ideofact at March 8, 2005 12:00 AM