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E-Mail Filters Still No Match for Non-English Spam

What’s “spam” in Spanish? Or what about Chinese? Software technicians are grappling with these questions as they toil on new filters designed to intercept the burgeoning flow of unsolicited e-mail — known the world over as “spam” — that land in e-mail in-boxes daily. The latest spam-blocking software on the market is stopping cold billions of unwanted messages daily, offering from cheap home loans to anatomy-enhancing toolkits. But most of the spam-fighting technology is designed to detect only English-language messages, experts say. “Some languages, like Japanese, it’s not easy at all to detect if it’s spam,” said Gene Hodges, president of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Network Associates NET.N . Network Associates, one of a score of vendors that sell spam-detection filters to corporations and individual computer users, is aiming to introduce over the next six to twelve months software that will pick off spam written in Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Dutch, to name a few. Full Story

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