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Stock spammers switch to MP3 files

Stock spammers are probably running out of luck with image and PDF spam. In the latest twist, they are now trying out spamming by means of sending out MP3 files.

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Stock spammers are probably running out of luck with image and PDF spam. In the latest twist, they are now trying out spamming by means of sending out MP3 files.

Posing as music from famous stars, they in fact contain a monotone voice asking the listener to invest in an obscure Canadian company.

According to The Register:

The MP3 files are being widely spammed in e-mails that often contain no subject line or message body, net security firm Sophos reports. Some of the filenames used include hurricanechris.mp3, allforone.mp3, carrieunderwood.mp3, elvis.mp3, baby.mp3, fergie.mp3, and bbrown.mp3.

The female (apparently British) voice on the MP3 file, recorded at low bit-rate and randomly altered to avoid detection by anti-spam filters, seeks to attract interest in Exit Only, a Canadian firm that runs a Web site marketplace for new and used motors.

If you are curious, or are a closet spam-lover, you can have a listen at a 30-second snipper from Sophos here.

Do you reckon that blocking MP3 and other audio files at the gateway would be viable here?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

why they bother. Can there really be that many stupid people who pay attention to this crap? Who would invest in anything promoted this way? Ralph

paulmah
paulmah

For spammers to continue to invest money and effort (yes, time is money) to keep doing what they're doing.

paulmah
paulmah

Do you reckon that blocking MP3 and other audio files at the gateway would be viable here?

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

Just no reason to let them through. On the (extrmely) rare case where someone needs to distribute this content, we can provide a means for transport (such as a temporary http or ftp upload/download point).

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