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Spammers Announce World War III

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the now-that's-not-cricket dept.

Spam 334

schliz writes with the stub of a disheartening article at IT News: "Hackers are deluging web users with malware-laden spam claiming that World War III has started following a US invasion of Iran. Security experts warned [yesterday] that spam emails with subject lines including 'Third World War has begun,' '20000 US Soldiers in Iran,' and 'US Army crossed Iran's borders' have been intercepted. The emails contain links to a malicious webpage that displays what appears to be a video player showing the mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion."

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That spam was shopped (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144011)

I can tell from the text and seeing quite a few spams in my time.

Re:That spam was shopped (5, Funny)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144067)

the shadows are all off too

The obligatory "Obligatory" (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144451)

Re:The obligatory "Obligatory" (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144795)

lame

Breaking news! (5, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144015)

This just in: malware propagators have learned that sending a mass e-mail that will grab the attention of anyone who reads it is the best way to spread malware. More at 11.

Re:Breaking news! (5, Insightful)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144195)

Yup. At least they're doing something new and interesting instead of trying to enlarge my P3N!$, or send a high ranking official in Nigeria my money. I hate spam as much as the next guy, but a least this is fucking different.

Re:Breaking news! (5, Funny)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144653)

This just in: The US and its allies, having established the capacity to censor the entire middle east during the recent destruction of undersea cables, is now sowing misinformation across the internet coupled to a malware payload. Billions of emails sent in this fashion will create enough noise to render all information that doesn't come through official highly suspect.

How the hell... (5, Insightful)

HerculesMO (693085) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144017)

Did spam make it to the front page?

It has to be a really slow news day if we get an article explaining what is in specific pieces of spam.

I'm waiting patiently for Slashdot to post the Nigerian folks that always email for the millions they have to give away. Because you know -- that is real news. For nerds. Stuff that matters.

Re:How the hell... (2, Insightful)

Michael O-P (31524) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144053)

Seriously. This is a routine virus, and a routine social exploit. This doesn't even qualify as news that doesn't matter, because then it would have to be news.

Re:How the hell... (5, Funny)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144297)

It has to be a really slow news day if we get an article explaining what is in specific pieces of spam.

I'm a fan of the subjects. Here's a handful I've received recently:

  • Satify your spouses bed needs easier
  • Obama found dead in shock accident
  • shaman like skills
  • Love package at a low price
  • Please your lassie like never before!
  • Girls will be shocked at your new size
  • Bang her till she passes out
  • Have the pecker of her dreams
  • Natalie Portman shaves again
  • Bomb her womb from your huge cannon!

It's basic marketing / copywriting.

Re:How the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144473)

You must be dropping your e-mail at some different places than I visit...

Re:How the hell... (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144491)

Here's a handful I've received recently

Can't believe you've missed out on this gem:

"Speed up your nightclub successes with a realistic diamond-studded Rollex"

I've blocked about 20,000 of those in the last 24 hours.

Re:How the hell... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144537)

.
        1 Satify your spouses bed needs easier
        2 Obama found dead in shock accident
        3 shaman like skills
        4 Love package at a low price
        5 Please your lassie like never before!
        6 Girls will be shocked at your new size
        7 Bang her till she passes out
        8 Have the pecker of her dreams
        9 Natalie Portman shaves again
        10 Bomb her womb from your huge cannon!

1. 50% off Serta Mattresses at Mattress Warehouse?
      3. Learn to levitate?
      4. Box o' Chocolates?
      5. I would do no such thing with a dog...
      6. So go to the god damn gym.
      7. If she's had that much to drink, you should probably cut it out.
     

Re:How the hell... (5, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144577)

Natalie Portman shaves again

I'm glad to hear that, I never really liked her with the beard.

Re:How the hell... (4, Funny)

Duncan Blackthorne (1095849) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144639)

  • Bomb her womb from your huge cannon!

I've never seen that one before -- and it's simultaneously the funniest euphemism for that I've heard in a while, and the most shockingly wrong way to put that!

Re:How the hell... (4, Funny)

theantipop (803016) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144777)

My spam is praying on my low self-esteem. Here's a couple I received in the past week:
  • What a stupid face you have here
  • You look really stupid

*sigh*

Re:How the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144497)

OMG OMG OMG!! What!? WWIII!? Already! I knew it! I knew it! - rocking back and forth -

Censorship set up? (0, Troll)

myCopyWrong (1310641) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144023)

So all the ISP filters are ready to tune out the real thing. That will keep people from talking about the invasion of Iran when it really does happen. Then all those Haliburton jails for "illegal aliens" will be put to use.

We should expect Russia, China, France and others to declare war on the US under such circumstances, but it will be a phony war like the UK and French declaration of war after the German invasion of Poland. Fake only for short time. Mass arrests will follow in the US because the Bush administration will finally get the big war it wants.

Re:Censorship set up? (5, Insightful)

halsver (885120) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144209)

I think you might need to loosen your tinfoil hat there a little bit buddy...

Re:Censorship set up? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144317)

So all the ISP filters are ready to tune out the real thing. That will keep people from talking about the invasion of Iran when it really does happen. Then all those Haliburton jails for "illegal aliens" will be put to use.

We should expect Russia, China, France and others to declare war on the US under such circumstances, but it will be a phony war like the UK and French declaration of war after the German invasion of Poland. Fake only for short time. Mass arrests will follow in the US because the Bush administration will finally get the big war it wants.

Thanks for answering the questions about why this is being covered on Slashdot. It is so Slashtard idiots like you have a chance to make idiotic posts and take a break from screwing your sister.

Hmm (5, Funny)

Aussenseiter (1241842) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144041)

World War III is starting? Oh god, I still haven't received my check from that Nigerian prince! And where's my viagra?

Re:Hmm (5, Funny)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144197)

Survivalist Suppliers announces - buy a lifetimes supply of Viagra for your mountain forest bunker today. What are you going to do when the black gold runs out - you won't be able to drive to the pharmacy then. One large box lasts 5 years and only costs $99.99. Buy a lifetimes supply and get an extra 50% absolutely free. Cash payments only.

Re:Hmm (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144345)

If I end up as the last male on the planet and must single handedly repopulate the planet, then I will be needing plenty of Viagra if I'm going to maintain a raging boner while subsisting on a diet of smash and spam and having to copulate repeatedly with radiation affected deformed women, 24/7 so that my few remaining un-irradiated sperm can hit target.

If i'm lucky though, the penis enlargement will not be necessary, as my penis will mutate like a worm at Chernobyl and become 50% longer.

Re:Hmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144805)

If you buy a lifetime supply why do you need the 50% extra?

Re:Hmm (4, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144255)

World War III is starting? Oh god, I still haven't received my check from that Nigerian prince! And where's my viagra?

Yeah, because that's the first thing I'm going to be worried about when WWIII starts: Boners.

Though I guess it is a legitimate concern, due to the widespread boner shortage in the states in WWII, which didn't end until after the war when the market was flooded with them.

My Name Is John McCain & I Support Viagra +1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144615)

There is currently a lot of controversy about John McCain's opinions, and I know that any letter on the subject will almost certainly cause someone to hoodoo us. Still, McCain craves adulation and attendance. Instead of focusing on why McCain should just face the facts, I would like to remind people that McCain's lies come in many forms. Some of his lies are in the form of bait-and-switch tactics. Others are in the form of declamations. Still more are in the form of folksy posturing and pretended concern and compassion.

If I seem a bit fickle, it's only because I'm trying to communicate with McCain on his own level. When you get right down to it, I am deliberately using colorful language in this letter. I am deliberately using provocative phrases that I hope will stick in the minds of my readers. I do ensure, however, that my words are always appropriate and accurate and clearly explain how sometimes I think that McCain is simply a willing pawn of those birdbrained, uncompromising humanity-haters who shift our society from a culture of conscience to a culture of consensus. I typically drop that willing-pawn notion, however, whenever I remember that McCain apparently believes that the best way to make a point is with foaming-at-the-mouth rhetoric and letters filled primarily with exclamation points. You and I know better than that. You and I know that McCain's schemes are continually evolving into more and more shrewish incarnations. Here, I'm not just talking about evolution in a simply Darwinist sense; I'm also talking about how if McCain's theories get any more effete, I expect they'll grow legs and attack me in my sleep.

Anyone who has spent much time wading through the pious, obscurantist, jargon-filled cant that now passes for "advanced" thought in the humanities already knows that McCain is the great master of deception. What may be news, however, is that he likes to cite poll results that "prove" that big emotions come from big words. Really? Have you ever been contacted by one of his pollsters? Chances are good that you never have been contacted and never will be. Otherwise, the polls would show that I need your help if I'm ever to focus on concrete facts, on hard news, on analyzing and interpreting what's happening in the world. "But I'm only one person," you might protest. "What difference can I make?" The answer is: a lot more than you think. You see, McCain insists that diseases can be defeated not through standard medical research but through the creation of a new language, one that does not stigmatize certain groups and behaviors. Has anyone, at any time, ever been more wrong? Personally, I don't believe the answer has anything to do with nihilism. Rather, I believe it involves McCain's tendency to wage an odd sort of warfare upon a largely unprepared and unrecognizing public.

As a general rule, McCain's values are rife with contradictions and difficulties; they're completely rancorous, meet no objective criteria, and are unsuited for a supposedly educated population. And as if that weren't enough, when a friend wants to drive inebriated, you try to stop him. Well, McCain is drunk with power, which is why we must reinforce what is best in people.

If you're still reading this letter, I wish to compliment you for being sufficiently open-minded to understand that there is an unpleasant fact, painful to the tender-minded, that one can deduce from the laws of nature. This fact is also conclusively established by direct observation. It is a fact so obvious that rational people have always known it and no one doubted it until McCain and his thralls started trying to deny it. The fact to which I am referring states that if you think that this is humorous or exaggerated, you're wrong. He should stop calling me a reckless marauder. Although I've been called worse things by better people, McCain's blanket statements may have been conceived in idealism, but they quickly degenerated into prissy charlatanism.

Be always mindful that just the other day, some of McCain's socially inept votaries forced a prospectus into my hands as I walked past. The prospectus described McCain's blueprint for a world in which deranged paranoiacs are free to exploit the masses. As I dropped the prospectus onto an overflowing wastebasket I reflected upon the way that McCain's ideologies have experienced a considerable amount of evolution (or perhaps more accurately, genetic drift) over the past few weeks. They used to be simply lubricious. Now, not only are they both careless and foolhardy, but they also serve as unequivocal proof that McCain has allowed himself to become a spokesman for the same point of view shared by appalling casuists, rude gadflies, and vicious politicasters while masquerading as an outspoken radical bucking the system. I do not propose a supernatural solution to the problems we're having with McCain. Instead, I propose a practical, realistic, down-to-earth approach that requires only that I convert retreat into advance. He has nothing but contempt for responsibility, duty, and honor. Think I'm exaggerating? Just ask any of the most valuable members of our community and they'll all tell you how his grand plan is to caricature and stereotype people from other cultures. I'm sure Mao Tse Tung would approve. In any case, I want to encourage opportunity, responsibility, and community. I want to do this not because I need to tack another line onto my résumé but because some reputed -- as opposed to reputable -- members of McCain's gestapo quite adamantly contend that McCain's faith in cannibalism gives him an uncanny ability to detect astral energy and cosmic vibrations. I find it rather astonishing that anyone could allege such a thing but then again, the key to McCain's soul is his longing for the effortless, irresponsible, automatic consciousness of an animal. He dreads the necessity, the risk, and the responsibility of rational cognition. As a result, scores of people just like you have finally decided that they've had enough of McCain's accusations. Or, to express that sentiment without all of the emotionally charged lingo, McCain is not interested in what is true and what is false or in what is good and what is evil. In fact, those distinctions have no meaning to him whatsoever. The only thing that has any meaning to McCain is quislingism. Why? The most appealing theory has to do with the way that McCain's suggestions are grotesque. They're unnecessary. They're counterproductive. Whenever I encounter them I think that McCain likes to view countries and the people that live in them either as economic targets to be exploited or as military targets to be defeated. Such activity can flourish only in the dark, however. If you drag it into the open, McCain and his companions will run for cover, like cockroaches in a dirty kitchen when the light is turned on suddenly during the night. That's why we must pave the way for people of every sex, race, and socioeconomic status to fulfill their own spiritual destiny.

Admittedly, rebarbative know-nothings thrive on hatred rather than love. But that's because I've repeatedly pointed out to McCain that I have in my hands a list -- a long one -- of uppity carpers who have joined his camp. That apparently didn't register with him, though. Oh, well; I guess when it comes to McCain's positions, I assert that we have drifted along for too long in a state of blissful denial and outright complacency. It's time to debate the efficacy of his dotty smear tactics. The sooner we do that the better because McCain wants us to feel sorry for the wayward, termagant potlickers who marginalize the traditions and truths upon which our nation's greatness sits. I claim we should instead feel sorry for their victims, all of whom know full well that McCain likes to compare his artifices to those that shaped this nation. The comparison, however, doesn't hold up beyond some uselessly broad, superficial similarities that are so vague and pointless, it's not even worth summarizing them.

I don't mean to imply that there is no possible justification for the argument that cannibalism, wife-swapping, and the murder of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior, but it's true nonetheless. By allowing McCain to criticize other people's beliefs, fashion sense, and lifestyle we are selling our souls for dross. Instead, we should be striving to pronounce the truth and renounce the lies.

It is a statistical certainty that McCain has little respect for laws or for any behavior that most people would consider requisite for a sustainable information economy, just as it is a statistical certainty that I've heard him say that he never engages in avaricious, mischievous, or dirty politics. Was that just a slip of the lip, or is McCain secretly trying to lead an active disinformation campaign? This is not a question that we should run away from. Rather, it is something that needs to be addressed quickly and directly because we see the same kind of phenomenon -- less obvious, perhaps, but distinctly perceptible -- in almost all areas of activity in which he chooses to participate. Do I blame society for this? No, I blame McCain.

I suppose it's predictable, though terribly sad, that morbid schmoes with stronger voices than minds would revert to beer-guzzling behavior. But I believe I have finally figured out what makes people like McCain silence critical debate and squelch creative brainstorming. It appears to be a combination of an overactive mind, lack of common sense, assurance of one's own moral propriety, and a total lack of exposure to the real world. Which brings me to my point. McCain's cock-and-bull stories can be rightly understood only as what some resentful conspiracy theorists have been brave enough to call them: a failure. I would like to close by saying that John McCain, having recently learned a smattering of scientific terminology, uses it to don the mantel of colonialism and give wrongheaded urban guerrillas far more credibility than they deserve.

Cordially,
Philmore Studge

Repercussions (5, Interesting)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144059)

I wonder what the possible effects of a coordinated disinformation attack of such nature would be, if it managed to deliver said news to a large segment of the world's population (that have access to email). If such an act was coupled with a successful hacking operation on even one of the major news network's websites, serious consequences may erupt.

Re:Repercussions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144359)

I wonder what the possible effects of a coordinated disinformation attack of such nature would be, if it managed to deliver said news to a large segment of the world's population (that have access to email). If such an act was coupled with a successful hacking operation on even one of the major news network's websites, serious consequences may erupt.

One would fucking hope that said group of morons would have the brains to either A)pick up the telephone or B)confirm said "news" with another source before believing spam and/or a single hacked news website. I suppose thats one good thing about the good ol' boob tube. Most of us still know how to use THAT instead of a computer to get/confirm any SERIOUS news story.

Re:Repercussions (1)

Narpak (961733) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144569)

As we know if enough people believe it it becomes true. Just like what happened with global warming!

Now if we could just make more people believe in world peace and free cheddar we might actually get somewhere civilized.

Though I guess that will never happen as long as people still believe that the mail in their inbox isn't spam.

I found one of these this morning in my inbox (2, Insightful)

mzs (595629) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144077)

I simply deleted it, just like all the other spam. About once or twice a month I see a clever newish kind of spam subject. Tell me again why this particular spam meme hit the homepage of /.?

Easy (4, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144167)

this is is particularly eye catching, given current work events. Since it is different, many people will click on it anyways.
I know some people who I will be sending an email to about this story so they don't click on it.

Re:Easy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144685)

'~' to indicate sarcasm, that's a great idea!~

you tool.

Re:Easy (1)

dyefade (735994) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144775)

No kidding. If you're having to mark it as sarcasm, it would ruin the joke.

"Humour, like a dog, is less fun once dissected." - some guy. (Groucho Marx?)

Re:I found one of these this morning in my inbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144667)

Can I sue them for discrimination? I haven't received any!

Doesn't sound like spam... (3, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144081)

Doesn't spam generally imply that something is being sold? Granted, this unsolicited email could be a way for the spammers to recruit systems to their bot-nets to push out more spam, but there's no indication in the summary that there is any actual attempt to sell something here.

Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (1)

spleen_blender (949762) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144471)

What makes you think that bot-nets are designed to just push out more spam? Encryption crack much? Because with the kind of horsepower the world's largest botnets have, they could be very effective for such a job.

Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (4, Informative)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144539)

Doesn't spam generally imply that something is being sold?

Bot nets are used to push out more malware-pushing content, the better to grow the bot net. These can be used very effectively to extort cash from web site operators by means of a site-debilitating distributed denial of service attacks. Many bot nets are used to try hugely random (and somewhat successful) SQL injection attacks from all sorts of random IP addresses, the better to target specific users of specific web sites with JS-based malware iFrames, etc. The days of just trying to get you to buy something are ... quaint, now. The good ol' days.

Defining SPAM Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (2, Interesting)

Essron (231281) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144579)

I think SPAM is best defined as any email you receive that you don't want and was sent without your specific permission. The intent of the email is irrelevant.

I've sent SPAM on behalf of a government agency before (coerced by management after weeks of resistance) and all they wanted to do was give people information they didn't want about lead paint poisoning. AOL blacklisted us as SPAMmers and they were right to do so, even tho their actual motive was just to charge us money to deliver email.

Another good example is that band's mailing list you signed up for at a bar 4 years ago that refuses to stop telling you how some guy you don't know's new band's fucking Alaskan tour is going. I hate that guy.

Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (1, Insightful)

auspiv (769470) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144687)

Any news that sounds like WWIII has begun would sure drive up oil prices... very easy to make money just riding the price up.

Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144697)

The standard definition of spam is "unsolicited bulk email". Remember, it's about consent, not content.

Re:Doesn't sound like spam... (1)

forand (530402) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144701)

Actually it is the bot-nets themselves. They have become sentient and are trying to take over. Unfortunately they cannot tell that they live in a world where what you read is not always true. So they think that by simply saying WWIII started makes it so.

Google could help (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144109)

Like their "report phishing" email flag, a similar "report virus/trojan link" button could help a lot of people, tie this to their badware project and testing the reported site (if x number of users report the same mail)
and it could do a lot for cutting down bot traffic targeted at GMail users
takes me 2 seconds to check a mail (they are easy to spot over the Viagra/Penis spam) call it "distributed malware reporting"

nearly everyday i get multiple emails with a provocative title that contains a link leading to a malware distribution point
Google could help their entire userbase in this regard

World War III? (1)

Syrente (990349) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144113)

Fine, I declare the War on Spammerism. Suggestions on where to invade, plz. Other than peoples' inboxes...

Re:World War III? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144351)

What about invading 1st countries where most spammers hide and are somewhat protected by their government? It worked with Afghanistan and Iraq regarding terrorism, so should work with spam too.

According with Spamhaus [spamhaus.org] the top 10 countries the 1st one is US, then at 1/3-1/4 of that amount is china, then Russia, UK, etc. Would be interesting to see UN/US army invading those countries from 1st to last.

Re:World War III? (1)

RanCossack (1138431) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144465)

According with Spamhaus [spamhaus.org] the top 10 countries the 1st one is US, then at 1/3-1/4 of that amount is china, then Russia, UK, etc. Would be interesting to see UN/US army invading those countries from 1st to last.

With headlines like 'Third World War has begun,' '20000 US Soldiers in US,' and 'China Army crossed China's borders'...

I hear the UK is already setting up a transitional government to guide the citizens of the UK toward democracy, with new laws designed to eliminate spam.

Re:World War III? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144495)

It worked with Afghanistan and Iraq regarding terrorism,

Oh dear. Those "terrorists" appeared in Iraq after the invasion. Please, for the sake of your critical thinking skills, do some research.

I would have Fired the Nukes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144137)

Since I am one of the many men and women behind the nuclear forces in the US, I for one did not turn the key.

Also let Iran be the first to welcome it's new American overlords.

GWASTED (4, Funny)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144145)

This gives me a new hope.

Now we can divert some of the resources from the Global War On Terror (GWOT) and fight the Global War Against Spam, Terror, & Erectile Dysfunction (GWASTED).

Re:GWASTED (1)

angryfirelord (1082111) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144369)

Now we can divert some of the resources from the Global War On Terror (GWOT) and fight the Global War Against...Erectile Dysfunction

I don't know if I would trust the government's version of ED pills. Might have something weird in it.

Re:GWASTED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144379)

GOURANGA!

Spam that tells of WW3!? (1)

MrMage (1240674) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144157)

Sell that on Ebay! Right next to religious idol toast and french fries that look like celebrities.

Fools (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144181)

WWIII isn't scheduled to begin for another two weeks, and it's going to involve a fake attack on the US by "Iran" (actually the CIA) followed by a massive "retaliatory strike", not an invasion by any US forces. Can't these spammers get anything right?

Re:Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144443)

Nah, it's gunna be the j00z that start it! T3h J00ZZZZ!!!!

Re:Fools (5, Funny)

n dot l (1099033) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144665)

No, no, no. Two weeks from now Europe, Russia, and Central Asia unite and declare the second Soviet Union. Then the CIA (which is secretly a branch of the KGB) sends secret agents to hijack the International Space Station (secretly insured by the guy that owned the Twin Towers) and crash it onto their own headquarters. After that, Canada, the USA, Mexico, and (just because it'd be weird) Chile unite and invade Iran, at which point the Chinese (who are secretly controlled by New Zealand) nuke us. Then we nuke them. And then the Russians nuke Australia, just for good measure.

In the mean time, Charlton Heston (who secretly isn't actually dead) has somehow gotten into a light-speed rocket, and...

Did I miss anything? Oh right, the Antichrist. Well fuck him, this conspiracy theory is already full. Besides, nobody likes Dick Cheney anyway.

What obvious poppycock! (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144211)

It's amazing how people can be tricked by something that is on its surface so laughable that it should be dismissed outright!

After all, how could World War III possibly have started when World War II hasn't even ended yet?! Just because there's no obvious troop movements or visible battles doesn't mean that merged ghosts of Churchill and Roosevelt along with their dark ally Zombie Stalin don't yet wage war against the forces of Hitler's Head and the demon-animated armor of Hirohito! No, you can see the effects of this conflict every day in the fluctuations of the price of milk to the record of the Essex cricket team. So don't believe anything you read about some ludicrous World War III until you see the purple flag of the Undying Allies flying over the White House, indicating our inevitable triumph!

After that, though, it's fair game.

massively stupid (2, Insightful)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144245)

Jesus H Christ, whoever originates this kind of spam is just colossally stupid, for political reasons. No, its not funny. and yes, I'm a USian.

An offshoot of the penny stock spam? (2, Interesting)

adamstew (909658) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144285)

I wonder if this has something to do with the penny stock spams...you know, spammers send a bunch of emails promoting a penny stock so the price goes up, then they sell the stock while it's up...

Perhaps, they bought a bunch of oil, sent out a spam about Iran being invaded to get speculators to buy oil, driving the price up, and then cash in?

They finally filled in the ???

1. Buy oil
2. Send out Spam saying Iran has been invaded.
3. Speculators buy on the "news" (formerly ???)
4. Profit!

Re:An offshoot of the penny stock spam? (3, Interesting)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144599)

On a serious note i saw a cool article at physorg yesterday about speculation in the oil market [physorg.com]. From the article it would appear there is a major oil bubble about to burst. Though I'm certainly no expert in the matter.
I suspect they just figured a way around some spam filters for a little while. Most anything novel should get by for a while, once it starts getting flagged it should dissipate.

In an effort to immitate spammers... (4, Funny)

tOaOMiB (847361) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144289)

Slashdot posts article containing the words "World War III" in it's headline, hoping this attracts attention. Once users click to "read more" they are ambushed by trolls masquerading as insightful or funny comments, but in fact containing insidious messages....

WWIII (1, Informative)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144321)

Sadly enough WWIII is called the War on Terror, and it has already started since September 11, 2001.

So the next war will be World War IV, which a BBS software package WWIV was named after. :)

Re:WWIII (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144549)

Sadly enough WWIII is called the War on Terror, and it has already started since September 11, 2001.

Exactly how does that involve the world? It's basically the USA versus a few radical groups (not even nations!) in the middle east.

Re:WWIII (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144699)

I would imagine that the relatives of the Australians burned alive in a vacation nightclub bombing in Bali would feel differently. Or the families of the people killed in Madrid, or London. Anyone with an interest in a stable energy market has an interest in not allowing those few radical groups to stir up civil wars, kill leaders or candidates in places like Pakistan, plan (as in Canada) or execute (as in India) attacks on parliments... all in the name of moving the entire middle east back into a medieval land o' murderous theocracy. The world's invoived, whether it likes it or not. China can't function without the US economy able to buy things, and as much disdain as Europeans love to have for the US, that's with whom they do a hugely important share of their trade in food, manufacturing, and more.

The Iranians are coming (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144323)

One if by Spam,
Two if by sea.

Word of thought. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144479)

Just a word of thought... Nobody should ever joke about such a theme, neither stupid script kiddies nor spammers.
The world situation today would never surprise me if it ended in a WW 3.

Mein Führer! I can walk! (1)

falken0905 (624713) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144503)

Gosh, I hope no one at the Pentagon or the White House gets this SPAM. If it arrives in an email or it's on CNN then it must be true and they could actually kick off WW-III.
"Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks."
"I'm afraid, sir, I must ask you for the key, and the recall code. Have you got them handy, sir?"

Same with the earthquake (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144517)

I started seeing these when the Chinese earthquake happened earlier this year as well. The Outlook 2003 client filter did a surprisingly good job of catching those, and it's catching these as well.

Simple and effective social engineering. Proven to work on dumb people. Profit.

And? (1)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 5 years ago | (#24144583)

Spammers use fake headlines to trick people into downloads all the time. I get notices of fake chinese earthquakes like twice a day.

Why is this news?

World War III?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24144617)

Its not a "World war" when only the US and Iran are at war.
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