Volcanic spam chokes inboxes

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Spammers have predictably used the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull as well as the ensuing large scale disruption of European air travel to spew ashloads of pharmacy related spam.  The outbreaks have been erupting (.. couldn’t resist ..) for a few days now with automatically generated titles that combine volcano subjects with random words:

  • fears volcano chaos will continue abasedly
  • fears volcano chaos will continue abasedness
  • iceland volcano disrupts flights actuate
  • iceland volcano disrupts flights actuated
  • sport left grounded by volcano accommodated
  • sport left grounded by volcano accommodately
  • volcano ash affects air travel abfarad
  • volcano ash affects air travel abfarads
  • volcanic ash causes travel chaos abiotrophy
  • volcanic ash causes travel chaos abir
  • volcanic ash cloud causes flight chaos alcoholemia
  • volcanic ash cloud causes flight chaos alcoholic
  • volcanic ash grounds flights abashing
  • volcanic ash grounds flights abashlessly

Volcano related text has also been used in pharmacy spam as shown below.  The use of random topical text in this way is designed to fool rule-based anti-spam engines that may interpret the emails as legitimate.

Email users looking for a cleaner inbox can seek out the anti-spam products of Commtouch’s partners.  All of these benefit from our ash-free cloud-based Recurrent Pattern Detection technology.

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