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Monday, November 06, 2006

The Spammers Strike Back

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who has noticed this, but the level of incoming junk mail in my spam folder has reached unprecedented levels in recent weeks. Even my users keep calling me to ask me if we're under attack by a bunch of Viagra manufacturers. Our centralized anti-spam solution does a pretty good job of keeping "hardware enlargement" messages away from our inboxes, but since we're receiving so many of them, there's still a few that get through here and there. If you also noticed the same thing as I have, and were asking yourself what was happening, eWeek has the answer we've all been seeking:

Everybody's seen it by now. Spam is up like gangbusters in the last few months. And not just in volume; a lot more of it is getting through filtering mechanisms that had previously been pretty reliable. It's an aggravating and depressing situation. A number of factors have contributed to the situation, and what they all have in common, unfortunately, is that spammers are getting much more sophisticated.

Depressing isn't it? It seems that even the good old bayesian filters that were so effective in the past can't keep up with spammers and their evil ways anymore. And what about the good old technique of not leaving your address with anyone? Nope, that won't protect you either .

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  • Hello,
    I can unfortunately verify that , we are are also getting over here (Greece) an increased amount of carefully crafted spam messages , containing "legit" texts and spam images , managing to bypass many bayesian filters.

    By Anonymous Nick, at 11:55 AM  

  • Ya.. this is a battle i've been fighting here for two weeks.

    I finally updated the firmware on our FortiGate Firewall.. and added an Anti-Spam module subscription on it ...

    That coupled with Oulook Junk Mail seems to be doing the trick for us now...

    Unfortunately you can't catch it all...

    By Blogger AlRo, at 3:51 PM  

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