Anti-virus companies: tenacious spammers

Friday, 30 January 2004, 2:17 PM EST

No one can argue that the spam problem is getting better. Despite advances in anti-spam technology and legislation against spam, unwanted junk mail is flowing into our inboxes at an increased rate. Stock tips, enhancement drugs, Nigerian scams, DVD copy software and hundreds of other products or services get shoved in our face.

For roughly three years, the Internet has seen worms that spread via e-mail, often taking addresses out of the infected machine's web cache, user addressbook or other sources. Some of these worms will also forge/spoof the "From:" line so the mail appears to be from someone else, in an attempt to make the mail more 'trusted'.

By Brian Martin at Attrition.org

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