CORRECTION - Spammers stay one step ahead

FRAMINGHAM (12/02/2003) - Due to a reporting error, the name of Susan Larson [cq], vice president for global content team at SurfControl, was misspelled in the Network World story "Spammers stay one step ahead," posted on the wire Nov. 25.

The story has been corrected on the wire and the second and fourth paragraphs now read:

In the last six months HTML-based spam has started replacing text-based spam, says Susan Larson, vice president for global content team at SurfControl. "It can be just an image pulled down from a server," she says about this new form of spam. This "hidden agenda" technique lets the spammer split spam words by mixing ASCII text and HTML to make them unreadable by dictionary-based scanning tools.

Dodgy domains have been used in several cases of online fraud committed against banks, such as Citibank, and e-commerce sites, such as eBay. "They just hijack you," Larson says.

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