Google: Spammers regroup after ISP takedowns

Spammers are pumping out an increasing number of garbage messages as they regain their capacity to send spam through hacked PCs, according to the latest statistics released by Google on Wednesday.Google releases quarterly statistics from its Postini antispam group. For the second quarter, spam volumes are up 53 percent over the first quarter of this year, said Adam Swidler, product marketing manager for Google Enterprise. see:Google sees new spam players on the horizon
A new crop of spam providers is set to emerge, according to security researchers at Google.The company said in its latest quarterly spam report that spam levels had climbed six per cent since last year and 56 per cent since the first quarter of 2009.Among the trends noticed by researchers was a jump in image spam. The technique uses an embedded image file to display the spam message in an effort to avoid traditional spam filters that search through text. Sees Spam Surging
Spam continues to proliferate, despite the shutdown of major spam sources.Google reports that the average volume of spam messages in the second quarter of 2009 was 53% higher than it was in first quarter of the year.MX Logic, a Web and e-mail security company, reports a more significant increase during that period: It says spam volume increased 51% in June, 35% in May, and 40% in April. The company says that spam as an overall percentage of e-mail volume is at its highest point since December 2006 when image-based spam was at its peak. Rates Recovering From 3FN Takedown
Google published a report on spam rates this past quarter indicating that spam volumes declined roughly 30 percent following the Federal Trade Commission’s takedown of the troubled online hosting provider 3FN early last month. Google says spammers have already made up a significant amount of ground, climbing 14 percent from the initial drop. Google’s take on e-mail security
The computer security industry historically borrows military defense concepts to combat digital threats, literally creating war rooms where experts follow attacks in progress on huge screens with phones ringing off the hook.Not so at Google’s Postini e-mail security service provider unit. Instead, computerized systems monitor 3 billion messages per day that flow in and out of customer systems and pass through Postini’s thousands of machines in data centers around the U.S. and in Europe before hitting the Internet. The Postini system is highly automated, distributed, and scalable, characteristic of all of Google’s operations.

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