International Conference on Complex Sciences

Researchers at the meeting, held December 5-7 in Santa Fe, N.M., offer insight into spam blocking and sick leave.

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 06:29 AM December 28, 2012

Winning the arms race with spam
Spammers are tricky adversaries: If e-mail spam filters seek out words like “enlargement” then spammers switch up their approach. “Spam changes a lot — it starts looking more like ham,” said Richard Colbaugh on December 5. Now Colbaugh and Kristin Glass, both of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, have created a one-two punch that anticipates new tactics and makes antispam programs less predictable. Training filters, for example, to look for bits of ha...

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