↬ Are you Happy?

Because I publicize my personal email adress, my mailbox is subjected to a lot of spam (I’m fine, thanks).

My academic email adress, however, is less public. I only use it for research and administrative purposes.

Except for this message, which I received yesterday :happy

From : Happy Man [happy@mindlessemail.info]
Object : I am happy!


Even though I first suspected the presence of a Web bug (a well-known technique), a brief look at the message’s source code revealed only three symbols : colon, dash, closed parenthesis.

A quick Web search only found similar messages sent to mailing lists, the mindlessemail.info domain doesn’t seem to point to a Web site and the WHOIS record is, predictably, useless.

Consider my curiosity piqued.