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May 8, 2009

Empty emails bypass spam filters


by David Allen

Spam filters have done a great job in stopping lots of spam from getting into the computer user’s inbox.

Most computer users have spam filters and although some spam may get through, a vast amount of spam is blocked.

Yet spammers are forever playing around with methods and security firm Symantec has discovered that they may have found a way to get through the filters and get their adverts in front of people, some of whom will click on their ads and buy something.

Spammers are doing this by apparently sending emails with no content.

These blank emails are supposed to be able to slip through the filters and get into the user’s inbox.

These emails contain ”glued-body’ spam, which is where the body of the message is glued to another part of the message, such as the header, in anticipation of the advertisement somehow being displayed correctly by the email client.

Symantec believes that this is likely to be ineffective, with many people not able to see the message.

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