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Re: The Image Spammer's New Bag of Tricks
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2007-05-30 11:46:24
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Senders of unsolicited electronic messages, also known as spammers, are outsmarting e-mail filters and other technologies designed to thwart them by deploying a new generation of image spam. Spammers are cutting corners through a process that links to an image or photo from a popular image hosting site, rather than attaching the spam message within an e-mail. This technique could significantly optimize image spam volume, according to Secure Computing's TrustedSource Labs.

Re: The Image Spammer's New Bag of Tricks
Posted by: mloman 2007-05-30 12:23:34 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
A new spam filter from the Netherlands is capable of detecting this kind of URL spam: Caretaker Antispam. Caretaker follows the link, downloads the image from the image hosting site and detects the bad words. The Caretaker site is still in Dutch only but the filter works ace! No need to train it, works right out of the box. http://www.caretaker.nl/downloads.htm
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