Spammers Adding Text From Books To Avoid Filters
from the tricks-of-the-trade dept
Every time the filters get better, spammers try to figure out a way around them. You might think that a spammer would realize if people are going through so much trouble to block them, that they're less likely to be happy to receive the spam, but apparently that's not the case. Instead of focusing in on the small group of people who actually are interested in spam, they're wasting their time trying to get messages to those people who will never respond to the stuff. Anyway, according to this article, now that spammers know that some filters look for certain keywords and determine how much of the email message is likely to be spam, they're apparently cutting and pasting the text from various classic pieces of literature right into the spam. This way, they're figuring that since so much of the spam isn't "spammy" the filters won't catch it. I doubt this is going to work very well. Most spam filters look at a combination of factors, including headers, to filter out spam. Just adding more useless text on top of the actual spam should only trick a few of the most basic spam filters.