Spammers started using Google Docs

    About two weeks ago, the MessageLabs anti-spam company discovered that spammers had begun to use (more precisely, test) the Google Docs online service to publish their messages. Google Docs' built-in document publishing system is well suited for spamming. If you want to make your document public, then you click the “Share” button and enter the mailing addresses of all users to whom the invitations are sent. In fact, it is a built-in engine for sending spam.

    Chief Technology Specialist MessageLabs explains in detailreasons for this interesting phenomenon. Firstly, in this way spammers reduce to zero the chances of getting banned. No one will be able to blacklist the link to docs.google.com. Secondly, Google’s servers work perfectly, so when servicing consumers, web pages load as quickly as possible, and there’s no need to pay for hosting.

    Of course, Google initially provided for the possibility of sending spam from Google Docs, so at the bottom of each invitation there is a link "Report spam." True, with massive simultaneous complaints, the newsletter does not stop automatically. Google is known for addressing such complaints for quite some time. Obviously, they are considered manually. At least the spammer document discovered for several weeks after the complaint from MessageLabs is still not deleted and is in the public domain. Although, on the other hand, the publication of spam is not a violation, in contrast to the sending of illegitimate emails, but Google is also very slowly solving problems with spam email addresses.

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