HTML email, was Re: Phishing and BGP Blackholing

Travis H. travis+ml-nanog at
Thu Jan 18 01:38:14 UTC 2007

> If you don't have personal control over the mail system you are using,
> it's possible that you don't have control over whether or not you use

As an armchair security pundit, I think phishing has adequately highlighted
the ability of HTML to mislead, in the sense that its intended recipient is
not a human, and that it has evolved into an unfortunately flexible language
(and extensions) and the browsers are overly forgiving (because syntactically
correct HTML is not really human-writable, either, for the average human who
is tasked with doing so).

So far I haven't seen a persuasive phishing email that wasn't HTML.

The domain name system has enough problems (is really related
to without involving javascript and ActiveX, but they could be
corrected with proper education (how about keeping every URL under one
second-level domain related to your company, perhaps
``Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.''
-- Albert Einstein -><- <URL:>
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