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Enemies Agree, Spam Stinks!

When was the last time Google, Facebook and Microsoft agreed on anything (except for keeping corporate tax rates low)? There is one other point of unity -- spam should be spurned, stricken and stamped out!

These three are part of a 15-vendor technical working group that is trying to stop spammers from spoofing legitimate addresses. How many fake e-mails have you gotten from Bank of America to reset your password or Microsoft to collect your lottery winnings? I get 'em most ever day.

The approach suggested by the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance is to authenticate real e-mails from real companies. Those that aren't authenticated can be more easily blocked by anti-spam software.

I'd love to see more of this type of cooperation, reaching across the aisle if you will. And if customers make enough noise, it just may happen.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/01/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Sun, May 20, 2012

Fri, Feb 3, 2012 Greg MD

Huh??? 95% of inbound e-mails at my company are blocked using several filters (primary and secondary applications). By blocked, I mean the primary app will refuse the connection. The secondary "heuristic" filter will quarantine the e-mail for the end user to approve for delivery. Although we have a low false positive rate, the false positives are due to improper SPF records. using the basic security protocol, "deny all except for explicitly allowed", includes denying soft fails. Put the blame on the DNS administrators.

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 Corey Portland

I've been waiting for this for a decade. The technology has been there, people just complained about increased network traffic and system strain. I guess we've finally reached a point with Spam traffic that it seems worth it to these vendors. I just wish they'd done it a long time ago.

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