Over here at an office I was doing IT support, the boss was using [del]LookOut![/del] Outlook Express (in XP) to check the mail, recently scam mails have hit hard, the ISP claims it can do little to help (Funny how outfits like Google Mail have a simple way to report spam and then prevent spam from reappearing, but I digress)
So they ask us to send samples of the spam and then I noticed an odd thing, 80% of the spam was text in a graphic!
This was one time that I have to say I guessed where this was going before I even took a look:
When we sent the info to the ISP, they replied to us that they can not open attachments (Security reasons for sure), ok then, it will be then a matter of selecting the text in the message and send it to them to investigate… oh…
:smack: (I forgot for a moment that one cannot select text from a graphic file!)
Never fear! Use Optical Character Recognition software to read it and then send the message to the ISP…
Seems spammers already figured that out!.. In the spams I saw, they are using black fields and other odd colors or multi colored text to then discourage the use of OCR too!
So I searched and yes, security people already encountered such critters and the solution:
However, it seems spammers are ahead of even him in this case!
Truly loathsome, and I hate the makers of this kind of Spam, but I have to say that I’m impressed.
So, to make it economically feasible, few reports are going to the ISP, but obviously there are better solutions (unfortunately using g-mail is not one of them for the business here) So, what is the best idea on how to route graphical Spam into the trash bin in Outlook? Is the ISP really so useless in helping deal with this? Any good anti-Spam tools left that can deal with this?