Detecting Known and New Salting Tricks in Unwanted Emails

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Detecting Known and New Salting Tricks in Unwanted Emails
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 message. We present robust text comparison techniques and train a classifier based on the differences of these two texts. In simulations we show that...
André Bergholz, Gerhard Paass, Frank Reicha
Added 12 Oct 2010
Updated 12 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where CEAS
Authors André Bergholz, Gerhard Paass, Frank Reichartz, Siehyun Strobel, Marie-Francine Moens, Brian Witten
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