March 09, 2004
How the Habeas Haiku is failing

Seen slipping through my generally thourough spam-filter today: several emails bearing the additional header lines introduced by the Habeas Sender Warranted Email programme:

X-Habeas-SWE-1: winter into spring
X-Habeas-SWE-2: brightly anticipated
X-Habeas-SWE-3: like Habeas SWE (tm)
X-Habeas-SWE-4: Copyright 2002 Habeas (tm)
X-Habeas-SWE-5: Sender Warranted Email (SWE) (tm). 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 .
The rest of the message advertises the usual pharmaceutical products.

Habeas is a service that licenses a haiku to users who agree not to send spam e-mails, and the prescence of this used to be a good indicator of legitimate email, since Habeas has promised to sue anyone who includes Habeas’s haiku in a spam message. Now, however, they seem at loss, and several sources online recommend switching off the "Honor Habeas headers" switches in their spam filter...

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MEX Blog: Habeas Haiku (March 10, 2004 07:22 AM)
"Haikus, das sind sowas wie japanische Limericks für Arme. Sie müssen dreizeilig sein, die Zeilen müssen 5, 7 und 5 Silben haben. Das sind die formalen Spielregeln, der Rest ist dichterische Freiheit und unterliegt damit selbstverständlich dem Schutz du..."
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