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Apr 29 2009   3:47PM GMT

Swine flu begets spam

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

How appropriate. The swine flu hysteria is generating new email spam.  If Monty Python’s Flying Circus was still in business, they’d put together a wonderful skit about this. (Spaaaaam, oh wonderful Spam!)

Cisco IronPort reports that messages about swine flu now make up 4% of global spam messages.

Here are some of the subject lines you will be seeing in your inboxes soon:

  • Swine flu worldwide
  • Swine flu in the USA
  • Swine flu fears
  • First US swine flu victims
  • Swine flu in Hollywood
  • Salma Hayek caught swine flu
  • Madonna caught swine flu

Those last two subject lines are particularly devastating to anyone who is a fan of bad 1990s comedies co-starring Matthew Perry or mediocre 1980s pop music.

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