Yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of “image spam” lately:
At first, they seem like your average junk email, containing share tips or an advertisement for Viagra, along with a small, slightly garbled picture.
But this, experts say, is the spam that could bring the internet to a virtual standstill this year.
To bypass anti-spam software, the emails use an image instead of text.
In the past six months, this “image spam” has seen a massive increase and now represents 35 per cent of all junk email, according to security software firm F-Secure.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, said: “Image spam is taking up 70 per cent of the bandwidth bulge on account of the large file sizes every single one represents.”
Who are the tiny fraction of people who actually respond to spam? Obviously, someone out there reads their spam mail and then makes monetary decisions based upon it — otherwise no one would bother spamming.
As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a bunch of maroons.”