TITLE

Spam Bashing: The 98 Percent Solution

AUTHOR(S)
Robb, Drew
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Mar2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p46
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on spam bashing. On the upside, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Rolle entered judgments on December 17, 2004 totaling more than $1 billion against three bulk emailers. The bad news is that the defendants never showed up in court and it is questionable whether any money will ever actually be collected from them. One spamming technique is to make email look like it is coming from the local domain so it gets past filtering software. Antispoofing detects and eliminates such emails. When a message is received from someone not on a "white list" of approved senders, an email is sent back to that person, requiring a response before the email goes through. The header of a message should give the originator, message routing, priority level, etc. Spammers often alter the message header to make the source harder to trace. Heuristic methods are capable of learning what to do based on experience. In this case, it means a class of methods whereby the software analyzes known spam and then uses those characteristics to analyze incoming email.
ACCESSION #
16429496

 

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