06 December 2006

Spam part deux

The Times of New York is featuring an article on the rise of new kinds of spam designed to evade standard filters. Among the biggest issues related to a recent surge in spamming is the trend to now put the spam content in an image in the email, instead of as text. So now instead of "Buy Viagra now!" you get:


But in order to complete the trick and convince the spam filter that the message is legit it needs to be more than just an image. Amusingly, the trend seems to be toward cutting random text from books (one even used Shakespeare) to fluff out the message. Those crafty spammers...

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