Spammers Use Google Sites to Host Spam

<strong>New York and London &mdash; Aug. 5</strong><br />MessageLabs, a provider of messaging and Web-security services to businesses worldwide, announced the results of its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for July. Analysis highlights that spammers continued the trend of abusing Google&rsquo;s hosted applications to host spam. <br /><br />Previously abused applications include Google Docs, Google Pages and Google Calendar. Google Sites allows a novice to easily create a Web page composed of a string of random letters and numbers resulting in a URL that is more difficult to block using traditional signature-based anti-spam tools. <br /> <br />&ldquo;Google Sites is yet another way that spammers have programmatically defeated CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) mechanisms, a validation technique that is designed to defend against automated sign-up tools frequently used by spammers by requiring the user to enter a string of letters,&rdquo; said Mark Sunner, chief security analyst at MessageLabs. <br /><br />&ldquo;While Google Sites spam accounts for only 1 percent of all spam currently, we anticipate that this technique&rsquo;s popularity will rival that of its predecessors, Google Docs, Calendar and Pages spam. If this is the case, then we may see spam levels increase in the months ahead.&rdquo; <br /> <br />Also in July, the number of new malicious Web sites blocked each day has increased by 91 percent from 2,076 since June to an average of 3,968 new sites intercepted daily. This month&rsquo;s rise in Web threats, according to MessageLabs, is due to the number of Web sites…


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