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Getting more spam? It's not just your imagination. According to this story from SearchSecurity.com, spam has surged to unprecedented levels in recent weeks , due in part to massive botnets overseas.

How much do you know about spam? Can you guess the answers to the following questions without peeking? Quiz yourself and find out! We include an answer key at the end to check your work.

1. A Russian gang of spammers are using SpamThru to engineer a tidal wave of junk mail across the globe. What classification of malware is SpamThru?
a. Trojan horse
b. click fraud
c. A & B

2. SpamThru hijacks unprotected PCs and turns them into spam relays. Another name for a spam relay is _______________________.
a. spambot
b. zombie
c. A & B

3. Spam relays work as kind of peer-to-peer network, all reporting to one central computer. The central computer is called a __________________.
a. controller
b. android
c. A & B

4. What is Spamhaus?
a. An Internet service provider that doesn't care if their members distribute spam.
b. An organization dedicated to stemming the distribution of spam
c. A & B

5. If a spammer gets caught, the individual may, as an act of revenge, sends out huge volumes of spam that appear to be from the person who reported him. What's this form of attack called?
a. distributed denial-of-service attack
b. Joe job
c. A & B

6. According to Vincent Weafer (Symantec), spambots are doing real-time ______ look-ups so their mailings aren't getting bounced as often.
a. ISP
b. DNS
c. A & B

7. This is a computer server that is set up to be intentionally slow as a trap for spammers using address harvesting programs.
a. teergrube
b. IP spoofer
c. A & B

8. True or false: Most spammers just want you to buy something.
Answer

9. To bypass email security systems that use optical character recognition, spammers use ________ in their messages.
a. image spam
b. spam cocktails
c. A & B

10. What technique describes the alteration of an e-mail header to make it look like the message came from just about anyone, including someone you might know?
a. munging
b. e-mail spoofing

Here's the answer key to check your work.

Interesting in learning more about spam? Start with a learning path, Learn IT: Defeating Spam in the Enterprise and then read more about the Can Spam Act of 2003 . Review the Register of Known Spam Operations and then bookmark this SearchSecurity topic page, Spam and anti-spam news, help and research , to stay current with new threats.

This was last updated in July 2008

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