inessential by Brent Simmons

Mail’s spam filters starting to fall down

It looks like spammers are getting smart—the super spam filter that comes with Apple’s Mail app is starting to miss stuff. I’m seeing like 15 or so spams a day now, up from about two or three.


Doing a view-source on the spam shows that it’s HTML mail. It contains a bunch of do-nothing comments or tags that break up the words.

The fix is obvious, I think—the spam filters should filter on the visible words, rather than just the raw text.

I seriously hope there’s an update soon. I’ve been so spoiled and I don’t want to go back to a spam-ful world.