Are Botnets Beating Us in the War on Spam?

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 03:35:29 PST in Internet
by Raven

Are Botnets Beating Us in the War on Spam?
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They’re calling it Spam 2.0: a huge wave of unsolicited bulk email whose senders use sophisticated techniques to get around spam filters. Some spam fighters look at the botnet-generated flood and say we’re losing the war on spam. Why are we getting so much more spam now, and is there a way to stem the tide?

The numbers are almost indisputable. According to Postini, an online message management company, spam volume has risen 73 percent in the last three months. For the year, the quantity of spam is up 143 percent. Other studies have noted that spam accounts for as many as nine out of every ten emails sent.

The story gets worse though. Spammers are embedding their text-based messages in images, which spam filters can’t read well enough to block. This is called “image spam,” and you can read more about its increase in recent months in another article on this site. Images take up several times as much space as text, so the rise in image spam means that more bandwidth is being consumed by spam, overloading networks and aggravating users.

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Re: Are Botnets Beating Us in the War on Spam? (Score: 1)
by kguske on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 07:17:38 PST

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Thanks for posting this, Raven. Very helpful in explaining why clients receive so much spam.

Re: Are Botnets Beating Us in the War on Spam? (Score: 1)
by Susann
(toi-anti-spam@never.com) on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 08:00:17 PST
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I did´t found anything in the article about the "King of spam" his name is Leo Kuvayev nothing about fishing, pishing, pharming or methods like greylistening. So its more like a universally article.

 
 

Re: Are Botnets Beating Us in the War on Spam? (Score: 1)
by hitwalker on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 19:16:25 PST
  
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mmmmm, weird story...
maybe i don get it ....

but .."Spammers are embedding their text-based messages in images, which spam filters can’t read well enough to block"

Huh?
I get maybe 1 out of 20,but the rest is trashed...
ok its one.....but the story sounds like its all new,but it isnt..

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by Susann
(toi-anti-spam@never.com) on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 @ 20:03:40 PST
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You are right Hitwalker it only sounds like all is new in this story. I could write the same info in my native language within 2 pages.
The story is incomprehensive in my opinion. Top-Spammers are using this method (messages in images) since a long time and I found in pishing e-mails
predominantly such images and its more and more harder to find out a difference between the original.
While in the past it was simple to find out is it an original or not because the text was often not correctly translated.


 
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