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 Jan 21, 2007 - 10:34 PM - by Michael
* Spam worse than ever?

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MSNBC's got an article saying that Spam is worse than ever.

I can't argue. We had a quiet time over summer, but since the fall began, I've seen spam volumes at work rise by a factor of at least 20.

Worse yet is that they're starting to evade even the "learning" spam filters again.

The tactics are working. There are 62 billion spam messages sent every day, IronPort says, up from 31 billion last year. Now, spam accounts for three of every four e-mails sent, according to another anti-spam firm, MessageLabs.

Image spam is a big part of the resurgence of unwanted e-mail. By using pictures instead of words in their messages, spammers are able to evade filters designed to detect traditional text-based ads. New computer viruses have contributed to the uptick, also, particularly a surprisingly prolific Trojan horse program called "SpamThru" that turns home computers into spam-churning "bots."

 

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