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PDF spam

Using a PDF attachment in a spam message to fool the anti-spam detection methods. Spam originated with ordinary text, which can be easily scanned. Image spam came next, making it more difficult to detect; however, spam filters learned to recognize image spam patterns. In 2007, PDF spam followed image spam as yet another attempt to circumvent the anti-spam routines. Although anti-spam detectors can be enhanced to read PDF files, it takes time to open a PDF file and scan its contents. See spam.
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Shifting Spam Tactics -- Image-based Spam Makes a Comeback, PDF Spam Continues to Wane, MP3 Spam Debuts but Remains Rare
During the quarter, Proofpoint also continued to update its machine-learning-based anti-spam technology to offer enhanced protection against the latest threats including PDF spam (unsolicited email messages where the message "payload" is hidden inside of an Adobe Acrobat PDF file attached to the message) and other forms of attachment-based spam, such as Word document and MP3 audio spam.
Having first been identified in June 2007, August saw a dramatic rise in the amount of PDF spam being relayed, only for it to trail away in similarly dramatic fashion shortly after.
The advanced methods used in Proofpoint's anti-spam solution offer extremely high effectiveness against all types of spam -- including "traditional" spam, image-based spam, PDF spam and other forms of attachment-based spam -- averaging more than 99.
The report examines the appearance of new kinds of attachment spam such as PDF spam and Excel spam together with the decline of image spam, as well as the growing threat of innocent appearing spam containing links to malicious web sites.
Spammers unveiled a new email tactic toward the end of the quarter: PDF spam.