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New Strain of Image Spam Identified

Content security vendor Marshal claims to have discovered a new form of image spam.

Marshal says the new type of image spam is capable of fooling even the most advanced anti-spam software. The company says the spam was identified by its Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) Team. According to Marshal image spam is a growing problem alleging that it has gone from 15 to 17 percent of all spam distributed each week in May up to 30 to 35 percent by June.

In contrast to previous image spam that uses one attached image to deliver its message, the latest version contains multiple images that act like pieces in a puzzle. The recipient's email client then reassembles the pieces in the right order and displays them as one image again. Bradley Anstis, Director of Product Management for Marshal, says, "Spammers are turning to new variants in an attempt to get past the more advanced anti-spam solutions like MailMarshal. We've seen image randomisation methods that indiscriminatel...

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