Proceedings of the fifth conference on email and anti-spam CEAS 2008
Fifth conference on email and anti-spam CEAS 2008 location:Mountain View, CA date:21-22 August 2008
Spam and phishing emails are not only annoying to users, but are a real threat to internet communication and web economy. The fight against unwanted emails has become a cat-and-mouse game between criminals and people trying to develop techniques for detecting such unwanted emails. Criminals are
constantly developing new tricks and adopt the ones that make emails pass spam filters. We have developed a systems that enables the detection of certain common salting
tricks that are employed by criminals. Salting is the intentional addition or distortion of content. In this paper we describe a framework to identify email messages that might contain new, previously unseen tricks. To
this end, we compare the simulated perceived email message text generated by our hidden salting simulation system to the OCRed text we obtain from the rendered email mes-
sage. We present robust text comparison techniques and train a classifier based on the differences of these two texts. In simulations we show that we can detect suspicious emails
with a high level of accuracy.