106 miles to Chicago

If you've ever set up catch-all domain names, that accept mail destined to any address, or set up your MTA in a way where all mail is accepted before checking to see if the recipient is valid, then you've probably seen emails containing this quote: "It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses."

The movie isn't new to me, but this is the first time I've run across the quote in this context. Apparently, for a while now, some spammer has been trying to find open relaying mail servers and seems to use this quote in almost every open relay attempt. I guess they just got around to trying it some place where I would notice the attempts.

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