Interplanetary Spam

from the April-Fool's-starts-early-down-under dept

Well, it’s that time of year already. It seems like the folks down under, thanks to those pesky time zones are getting a jump on April Fool’s stories, with this one suggesting that the problems with the Mars Rover were due to interplanetary spam. They say that NASA is claiming that Russian spammers figured out Spirit’s email address and bombarded it with offers of pornography and cheap drugs – some of which the rover replied to. Thankfully, a quick upgrade has taught both Mars rovers that replying to spam is bad – and they should just focus on looking for water. They point out that the lost Mars Beagle probe, however, is a lost cause after getting suckered by a Nigerian 419 scam.

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