The Mind of a Spam Filter

by Chikashi

Our corporate spam filter trapped an email with this subject line:  ‘[Company] has been analysed in a new global market report’.

The filter caught it for this reason:  ‘Found word(s) anal anal in the subject’.

The email is indeed spam, but not for the stated reason.

OK, maybe I’m just a bit lacking in imagination.

Thanks to our spam filter, I will always think ‘anal’ whenever I see ‘analyse’ or ‘analysis’.

As if there aren’t enough distractions to deal with.