In its Intelligence report last month, MessageLabs highlighted how spammers are using automated translation tools and templates to increase multiple language spam runs.
“With spam levels globally remaining at a two-year high of approximately 90 percent, some countries have been experiencing levels in excess of 95 percent, such as Germany, France and The Netherlands,” reported MessageLabs.
“One technique contributing to these unprecedented levels, predominantly in non-English language speaking countries, is the use of automated translation tools and templates enabling spam runs to operate in multiple languages.”
“Local language spam now accounts for 46 percent of spam in Germany and 53 percent in France. In The Netherlands, 25 percent of spam is in Dutch. In Japan 62.3 percent is in non-English languages and in China this number is 54.7 percent.”