User Agent Spam?

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Okay, this is kind of weird. Electronic me just mailed me some stats on blog visitors, and electronic me had barfed while parsing user agent strings from my access logs. Now maybe it’s common and I just don’t spend enough time perusing access logs these days, but I have never before seen user agent spam:

XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX – – [29/Sep/2005:10:00:42 -0400] “GET /~whitney/images/rss_full.gif HTTP/1.1” 200 1025 “-” “At [a known comment spammer’s site] you will get an interest free line of credit of upto 100,000,000.00 just for signing up and you can pay back what you owe whenever you want. (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; At [a known comment spammer’s site] you will get an interest free line of credit of upto 100,000,000.00 just for signing up and you can pay back what you owe whenever you want.)”

This is just weird as shit. Given that the audience you’re targeting by putting spam into a user agent string is one that’s pretty likely to get pissed off by finding spam in a user agent string, it also seems a tad unwise as a marketing tactic.