April 25, 2004

Russisc geondspiwe

For some reason I’ve been getting a lot of Russian spam lately. Seeing as I know very little Russian, unlike my sister — I know a handful of words and and can count to ten… well maybe six at the moment — this spam is utterly failing to accomplish anything useful for the senders. Is Russia a major source of spam these days, or am I just lucky? While I certainly do get some spam in in various Asian languages that I don’t know, much of the spam from Asian countries comes in English, though often English which seems to be produced by translation software (a topic for another day). Is there a large global marked for spam written in Russian?

While I’m on the topic of Russian, I added a link on the sidebar a while ago to Chainik, the blog of linguistics student who is focussing on Slavic languages. In addition to her study of Slavic languages, she also conlangs (a pursuit I once tried my hand at — another topic for another day). Anyway, another interesting blog that’s worth a look.

Posted by Mark at April 25, 2004 06:05 PM | TrackBack

Thank you for the plug! I’ll have to start seriously working on posts now that the semester is over and I have more time.

As for Russian spam, I get it too — and I can’t read it either, since my Hotmail account can’t handle the encoding. I suspect the Russian spammers don’t care and are simply verifying that our email addresses are valid before selling them.

Posted by: Chainik at May 3, 2004 09:36 AM