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No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 24, 2006 01:39PM
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Picture this: A sneakier kind of spam
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By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — A new strain of spam popping up in e-mail boxes is confounding consumers and corporate security officials.
The spam contains images spouting everything from stock scams to @#$%&, and its volume has more than doubled since April, according to analysis by anti-spam vendor IronPort Systems.

Image-based spam accounts for 21% of all spam, compared with just 1% in late 2005, IronPort says.

Marketers are deploying image-based spam because it is harder to detect than text-based spam, and consumers are more likely to read an e-mail with a picture or graphic, says Craig Sprosts of IronPort.

The newest spam uses technology that varies the content of individual messages — through colors, backgrounds, picture sizes or font types — so they appear to be distinct to spam filters. The spam is delivered to consumers and companies through millions of compromised PCs, called bots.

As a result, the messages are like snowflakes: No two are alike, says Julian Haight, founder of anti-spam organization SpamCop.

The surge in new spam has largely eluded software filters and eaten up space on e-mail systems because each message is more than seven times larger than regular spam, Sprosts says.

Most image-based spam comes in the form of stock scams, which contain the same basic language within a shaded box.

Much of it comes from spam gangs in the USA and Russia, Sprosts says.

Stock scams make up about 20% of spam — about twice the share at the start of the year, IronPort says.

Until last year, image spam was rare. Though it had been around for about four years, spammers lacked the technology to randomize images, says Dmitri Alperovitch of e-mail security company CipherTrust. Before, spammers included a link on e-mail spam to direct recipients to a site containing pictures.

Not anymore. The new spamming tactic is the latest salvo in the battle between junk e-mailers and filter developers. As software gets better at identifying and blocking spam, spammers get smarter at outfoxing software.

"It is a never-ending cat-and-mouse game," Alperovitch says.



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: abevilac
Date: July 24, 2006 02:04PM
Yeah, I've been seeing a lot of msgs w/ taglines that are two or three random words -- the spam filters have lots of trouble w/ that.
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: Carm
Date: July 24, 2006 02:13PM
Mail seems to handle junk mail pretty good. Even the total image ones.
There is about one or two that actually get through into my inbox every month.

Tugger, do you get them in your home email or sites like hotmail?

Carm
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: rz
Date: July 24, 2006 02:44PM
more and more spam seems to be getting through Mail.app's junk filter. Is it image based? I have no idea. Because I don't open emails that come from people whose name I don't recognize. It's as simple as that.
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: July 24, 2006 02:44PM
same here.



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 24, 2006 02:45PM
Carm, I use Entourage, combined with Spam Sieve. SS does catch them, and they mainly fall into the Junk folder. It's just that the numbers have increased (about 30 a day), and these picture spam ones make up 80% of them now.



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: SeattlePhotog
Date: July 24, 2006 03:05PM
Can't they just mandate the death penalty for spammers? I mean, what's the downside?
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: Carm
Date: July 24, 2006 03:07PM
tuqqer,I see, I also have seen in increase in spam in my junk folder. Its ridiculous.

rz, the only mail that get through to my inbox is addressed to me in my full name.

The servers hosting the image files in the spam need to be taken down.

Carm
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 24, 2006 03:17PM
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SeattlePhotog
Can't they just mandate the death penalty for spammers? I mean, what's the downside?

My first hard laugh of the week.



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: SeattlePhotog
Date: July 24, 2006 03:41PM
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tuqqer
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SeattlePhotog
Can't they just mandate the death penalty for spammers? I mean, what's the downside?

My first hard laugh of the week.

And it's only Monday! winking smiley
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: July 24, 2006 03:48PM
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tuqqer
Much of it comes from spam gangs in the USA and Russia, Sprosts says.


This was my first laugh of the week...the idea of those evil "spam gangs" terrorizing people. winking smiley



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: SeattlePhotog
Date: July 24, 2006 04:18PM
Well, there's your solution: start a turf war between the East Coast and West Coast spam gangs, yo.
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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 24, 2006 06:26PM
I still have a hard time believing that someone would spend money with someone that spammed them. Would you even consider taking out a mortgate with a subject line like: "My forget he decree cotillion" or "beavers receive huge meaty presents Hot and new"?? It's beyond me...



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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 24, 2006 06:58PM
Jack D, but those beavers... boy do they have good investment stock porfolios. grinning smiley




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Re: No wonder I'm seeing an increase in Spam
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 24, 2006 08:11PM
PeterB, it's a well known fact that beavers are hard workers so it would only stand to reason that they would have large portfolios. I'll bet they're friendly beavers too...



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