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Gmail Spam On The Rise

Levels low, but flood may be in the offing

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This story relates to Google, and also to a month-to-month increase of around 100 percent.  It can hardly be considered positive, however, since the increase corresponds to spam sent from Gmail addresses.

Gmail Spam On The Rise
 Google’s CAPTCHA Broken

MessageLabs deserves credit for discovering the rise, which occurred between January and February.  According to the company’s report, "The surge in spam from Gmail accounts follows the pattern seen in July 2007 when it appears attackers developed a similar methodology to circumvent the CAPTCHA mechanisms for Yahoo! and Hotmail email accounts."

Now, for whatever it’s worth to Googlers and people who abhor junk mail, Yahoo, MSN, and Hotmail remain much more common sources of spam.  Also, Google appears anxious to combat security problems; only yesterday, a post titled "How Google keeps your information secure" appeared on the Official Google Blog.

MessageLabs’s finding represents the fall of a major barrier, though, with free email services now being almost universally untrustworthy.  Businesspeople who can be reached at "@gmail.com" may be especially worried – Gmail addresses won’t have the same shine now that spammers are gaining ground.

Going forward, a key thing will be to see if (or how quickly) their advance continues.

Gmail Spam On The Rise
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  • http://www.nerddesigngroup.com Nicholas Romero

    The problem with business owners having a gmail account has come about. This was inevitable. I always got nervous when clients would say they have gmail, so everything is ok. Why not spend twenty bucks a year to have a branded email account – you can check it on the web just like gmail, and, if you get a really good programmer, even get most of the same functions as gmail – oh, except without the ads.