Maintaining a wiki

Those of us in the spam team have decided to create an internal wiki designed to house all of our knowledge.  Personally, I think this is a good idea as there is a lot of information buried somewhere in all of our email, and the wiki is a good place to organize it all. We…

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Happy Halloween (tomorrow)

I came across this Halloween Hangman flash animation game today.  Have fun.

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Spamhaus woes linked to rise in spam?

I was browsing the web, looking to see how others were dealing with the problem when I came across this post on a discussion board.  The writer mentions that the sudden rise in spam corresponds to the start Spamhaus’ legal troubles. If this is true (and I’d have to check our historical data to verify…

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Lest it be thought we aren’t doing enough…

During this latest spam glut, I would just like to mention that we, on the spam team, are working very hard to combat this latest threat.  In the past, we used to get spam outbreaks every few months.  Then it was every couple of months, then once a month.  This past year it started once…

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We’re not crying uncle yet

The month of October has been the highest ever in terms of overall volume.  We set a record on on October 18, and we broke it on October 24.  To put this in perspective, our volume yesterday was 47% higher than the average daily volume for all of September.  If this were the stock market,…

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Stock spammers playing around with payload

This is a trend I have noticed in the past week.  Over the weekend I saw that stock spam had been piling up but spammers were not just sending it as images – they were sending it as text.  Normally (“normal” being a relative term), spammers compose image stock spam by typing up their pump-and-dump…

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Funny line in a message

A friend of mine sent me a message the other day that was commenting on the Google buyout of YouTube.  It was the title of an article in a newsletter: All your video are belong to us.

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Gracie, gracie… that’s a nice donut.

One of the benefits of being a spam analyst is that you get to sharpen your foreign language recognition skills.  Now, normally this isn’t an issue for me, as I am fluent in over six million forms of communication.  Today was such an occasion when I got to demonstrate my powers of semantics. We had…

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You know you’ve been processing spam a long time when…

As my faithful readers will know, I have long held an interest in stock trading and am constantly looking for similarities between trading and fighting spam.  They don’t always overlap but once in a while we find similarities.  The classic example is testing unproven strategies – in trading, you test a new strategy by taking…

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More on image spam

This past weekend I was browsing the internet for image spam, I wanted to read a little bit about what other people are saying about it.  They basically confirmed what I already knew: Image spam is on the rise It is ubiquitous (everywhere) It’s getting past a lot of filters I found this one discussion…

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What do you know? I was right (maybe)

I was browsing through my Oct 16 edition of Investor’s Business Daily when I came across this article entitled Google Goes Into Mobile Search, But Wireless Carriers Resisting.  The article is a brief snippet about how Google is planning on bringing search (and advertising) to the mobile phone community. In my other post, I went…

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The future of spam filtering (?)

One of the interesting things about working for Microsoft is that it is a big company that has got its fingers in many different pies.  It’s main products are Windows and Office, but now it has minor players that could eventually become big players.  These minor players are X-Box, mobile communications (Windows Mobile – an…

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Caught in another spam run

As I write this (October 5, 2006) we are currently experiencing another spam storm.  Unlike previous spam storms, this seems to be a multi-pronged attack.  I don’t know if the same spammers are flooding us with spam but the format of the spam is common to all the types we are seeing.  That would imply…

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Speak of the devil…

The other day, I wrote a blog post about the possibility of instant message spam filtering.  I wondered whether or not there was even a need for instant message spam filtering. Well, just yesterday, I logged into Yahoo Messenger and I got spammed on my IM (ie, I got spimmed).  On the other hand, I…

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