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08 Dec 2006

The threat of image spam explored in latest Sophos podcast

Mark Harris
SophosLabs director Mark Harris talks about the threat posed by image spam.

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against computer threats, today announced that it has published a new podcast discussing the growth of image spam, and what email users can do to protect themselves.

With phishing attacks becoming more sophisticated and widespread, customers of banks are facing a serious dilemma when it comes to internet banking.

In the podcast, entitled "Picture this: Fighting image spam", Mark Harris, Global Director of SophosLabs™, is interviewed by Carole Theriault about the tactics spammers employ to evade spam filters and offers some advice to organizations struggling to deal with the problem.

"Many people will have seen a rise in unwanted email using embedded graphics to either market goods or try and inflate a stock price illegally," said Carole Theriault, host of the Sophos podcast. "Spammers are using image spam to try and slip past less sophisticated anti-spam filters. In this podcast, Mark Harris explains the techniques used by spammers, and how Sophos is fighting against them."

All Sophos podcasts are available for download at Previous podcasts have covered topics such as phishing, Microsoft Windows Vista, corporate security policies, rootkits, and the latest trends in viruses and spam.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at