Explosion of Animated Spam Mails: Now Blocked by SPAMfighter
SPAMfighter has yet again created a filtering technique to halt the latest trick used by spammers
Spammers have developed another trick in their efforts to dodge spam filters. Instead of only using image spam to avoid spam filters, they have gone one step further and created animated spam. This type of spam contains gif images, making it very difficult for spam filters to detect as spam. SPAMfighter has caught up with the spammers, and created an effective filtering technique to stop this new type of infuriating spam mail.
Martin Thorborg, co-founder of SPAMfighter, has acknowledged this as a real problem for e-mail users. "Animated spam is exploding into users inboxes. We have worked hard to create a filter which stops these spam mails in particular."
Most spam filters have not yet created the technology to filter this form of spam mails. SPAMfighter, on the other hand, has worked hard to update the filtering abilities in order to effectively prevent animated spam from entering users inboxes. Currently SPAMfighter stops at least 80% of animated spam mails, and hopes to reach an almost 100% detection rate in the early part of September. Find out more about the SPAMfighter spam filter here. (http://www.spamfighter.com/Default.asp)
Animated spam works by rotating various frames of pictures when displaying the e-mail message. Most of these frames are simply white backgrounds with a few pixels displayed. According to Viruslist.com, the frame with the actual text will stay up on the users screen for up to 10 minutes, while the frames with small pixels can be rotated through in less than a second. These frames with the small pixels add what is known as noise to the image. This makes it difficult for spam filters to detect these e-mails as spam.
SPAMfighter's filter reduces the amount of noise associated with animated spam mails, making it possible to read the coding on the spam mail easier, and filter it out for SPAMfighter users. By creating a method to reduce noise in spam mails, the spam mail itself can be seen, and therefore filtered. Spammers have created animated spam mails as an attempt to create so much of this so called noise that spam filters cannot detect them and eventually enter users inboxes. Learn more about controlling spam here. (http://www.spamfighter.com/FAQ_SPAM_Default.asp)
SPAMfighter will continue the war against spam by continuing to stay current on the trends of spammers. SPAMfighter filters are regularly updated to filter out the latest types of spam mails. Learn about the latest updates to the spam filter, SPAMfighter, here. (http://www.spamfighter.com/download_upgrade_info.asp)
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