[lug] unescaping url encoded document

Stephen Queen svqueen at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 13:31:11 MST 2009

On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM, Kenneth D Weinert <kenw at quarter-flash.com>wrote:

> Hash: SHA1
> This is sort of amusing. I got a scam email telling me that the IRS was
> going to give me a refund of $773.00 and all I had to do was fill in the
> form and send it off.
> I clicked on it just to see where they were really sending it and did a
> "View Source" in my browser.  Here are the first 4 lines (4th line
> truncated):
> <Script Language='Javascript'>
> <!-- HTML Encryption provided by IRS -->
> <!--
> document.write(unescape('%3C%21%44%4F%43%54%59%50%45%20%48%54%4D%4C%20%50
> It displays fine, but I'm just curious what the submit button does and
> wondered if anyone had an easy shortcut to translate the URL Encoding
> into plain text outside of a browser.
> An interesting variation, at least one I hadn't seen before.

Its just ascii.

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