Detecting spammers via aggregated historical data set

Eitan Menahem, Rami Pusiz, Yuval Elovici

Network and System Security: 6th International Conference, NSS 2012 …, 2012

In this work we propose a new sender reputation mechanism that is based on an aggregated historical dataset, which encodes the behavior of mail transfer agents over exponential growing time windows. The proposed mechanism is targeted mainly at large enterprises and email service providers and can be used for updating both the black and the white lists. We evaluate the proposed mechanism using 9.5M anonymized log entries obtained from the biggest Internet service provider in Europe. Experiments show that proposed method detects more than 94% of the Spam emails that escaped the blacklist (i.e., TPR), while having less than 0.5% false-alarms. Therefore, the effectiveness of the proposed method is much higher than of previously reported reputation mechanisms, which rely on emails logs. In addition, on our data-set the proposed method eliminated the need in automatic content inspection of 4 …