Rise in Non-English Spam Challenges Junk Mail Filters

U.S. computer users are receiving more junk email written in foreign languages, and companies that make antispam software are scrambling for ways to block the offending messages, which slip through many of the language filters being used today. "In the old days, spammers were mostly North America-based and they were using infrastructure in the U.S.," says Ken Schneider, chief architect for network and gateway security at Symantec Corp. "Spam is now a global phenomenon."

Language aside, the Chinese, Japanese and Russian messages look similar to their English counterparts, with loud fonts and plenty of links to Web sites hawking loans, luxury wristwatches, and so on. And, like U.S. offerings, many try to slide past filters by padding suspicious phrases with gibberish words. Symantec, for instance, recently came across a Portuguese message from Brazil with the subject line: "He lends financial aid - I made and this giving certain." WSJ.com - Rise in Non-English Spam Challenges Junk Mail Filters

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