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Geek Speak driving new wave of spam

MessageLabs' September intelligence report has highlighted "geek speak" as the new wave of social engineering techniques being used to send spam.

According to MessageLabs, hidden keywords such as .Net, cpan, xss and Java, hidden within the body of text can trick Bayesian filters into thinking the message is anything other than spam.

MessageLabs chief technology officer Mark Sunner said spam-based on geek speak is just another way the bad guys are evolving. Sunner said he expects to see an increase in other targeted spam, for example, accountants could be targetted by using financial terminology.

The report, released this week, also discovered levels of virus and trojan malware has been declining when current figures are compared to the same quarter (Q3) last year. Israel won the less-than-impressive title of being the world's top spam target, with spam representing some 73.6 percent of all e-mail traffic.

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