Spam Bulletin - February 2006

Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: Matt Ham

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editor: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding

2006-02-01

Abstract

Anti-spam news; does Bayesian poisoning exist?


News

Hong Kong proposes anti-spam bill

Proposals for anti-spam legislation revealed.



Spammer to pay AOL over $5 million

Company wins case against prolific spammer.



Feature

Does Bayesian poisoning exist?

A common criticism of statistical spam filters (such as SpamBayes, DSPAM and POPFile) is that they can be 'poisoned' by inserting random words into spam messages. John Graham-Cumming looks at the evidence and attempts to answer the question: does Bayesian poisoning exist?

John Graham-Cumming - The POPFile Project, France


Virus Bulletin

Virus Bulletin - February 2006

What threats may come (comment); Not worthy (virus analysis); Inside the Windows Meta File format (technical feature); Learning from Sony: an external perspective (opinion); Signature updates vs BCP (feature); Windows NT 4 Workstation (comparative review)



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