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December 05, 2023

Google Unveils AI-Powered Spam Detection to Safeguard Gmail

Google Unveils AI-Powered Spam Detection to Safeguard Gmail

Google today unveiled an AI-powered spam detection system designed to identify “adversarial text manipulations” in real-time, strengthening defenses against emails with special characters, emojis, typos and other evasive elements that previously bypassed Gmail‘s security measures.

Termed as “one of the largest defense upgrades in recent years,” this enhancement takes the form of a text classification system known as RETVec (Resilient and Efficient Text Vectorizer).

“To enhance the resilience and efficiency of text classifiers, we have introduced a groundbreaking, multilingual text vectorizer called RETVec. This innovation empowers models to achieve state-of-the-art classification performance while significantly reducing computational costs,” Google explained, in an official statement.

Critical Google services like Gmail, YouTube and Google Play heavily rely on text classification models to pinpoint harmful content, such as phishing attacks, inappropriate comments, and scams. Adversarial text manipulations pose a unique challenge, as bad actors actively employ tactics like homoglyphs, invisible characters and keyword stuffing to outsmart classifiers.

“Due to its novel architecture, RETVec operates seamlessly across all languages and characters without requiring prior text preprocessing. This feature positions it as the prime choice for on-device, web, and large-scale text classification deployments,” affirmed the company.

The compact representation of models trained with RETVec translates to faster inference speeds. The reduced model size not only cuts down computational costs but also minimizes latency, a crucial factor for large-scale applications and on-device models, according to the tech giant.

RETVec emerges as an open-source text vectorizer, enabling individuals to construct server-side and on-device text classifiers.

Google highlights the integration of RETVec into the Gmail spam filter, where it plays a pivotal role in fortifying Gmail inboxes against malicious emails, marking efforts to enhance cybersecurity measures and protect users from evolving threats in the digital landscape.

Leveraging Generative AI to Combat Spam Mail

A recent report found that 70% of malicious emails in retail customers contained HTML attachments, with 30% of these being obfuscated. LLMs like WormGPT and FraudGPT are also making email phishing more personalized.

Indian telecom giant Bharati Airtel unveiled an AI/ML-based solution aimed at proactively identifying, preventing, and eradicating phishing spam via messaging channels. Currently undergoing testing in collaboration with HDFC Bank, this solution establishes an effective anti-spam filter.

In correspondence with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the telecom giant reveals that the solution has demonstrated efficacy, detecting and blocking an impressive two million messages daily.

In a similar act, Perception Point, a threat prevention company, introduces an advanced detection model to counter the evolving threat of generative AI-based email attacks.

According to the company, the AI-powered technology employs large language models (LLMs) and deep learning architecture to effectively identify and prevent business email compromise (BEC) attacks amid the changing landscape influenced by the rise of generative AI technologies.

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Kumar is an experienced Tech Journalist with a specialization in the dynamic intersections of AI/ML, marketing technology, and emerging fields such as crypto, blockchain, and NFTs. With over 3 years of experience in the industry, Kumar has established a proven track record in crafting compelling narratives, conducting insightful interviews, and delivering comprehensive insights. Kumar's expertise lies in producing high-impact content, including articles, reports, and research publications for prominent industry platforms. With a unique skill set that combines technical knowledge and storytelling, Kumar excels at communicating complex technological concepts to diverse audiences in a clear and engaging manner.

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Kumar Gandharv
Kumar Gandharv

Kumar is an experienced Tech Journalist with a specialization in the dynamic intersections of AI/ML, marketing technology, and emerging fields such as crypto, blockchain, and NFTs. With over 3 years of experience in the industry, Kumar has established a proven track record in crafting compelling narratives, conducting insightful interviews, and delivering comprehensive insights. Kumar's expertise lies in producing high-impact content, including articles, reports, and research publications for prominent industry platforms. With a unique skill set that combines technical knowledge and storytelling, Kumar excels at communicating complex technological concepts to diverse audiences in a clear and engaging manner.

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