Hit-and-Run spam attacks beating filters, infecting PCs


If you've noticed an increase the amount of spam you're getting recently, you're not alone. A new method of sending spam in short concentrated bursts, the equivalent of a hit-and-run attack, is beating filters and allowing more illicit and dangerous messages to reach your inbox.

USA Today reports on the most recent fast and furious spam attack that used a threat of tax problems with the IRS to trick people into opening and infecting their computers. The quick blast and the fact that downloading the "IRS" let spammers send out even more messages left even more computers in the hands of spammers.