Tue, 13 Apr 2004 15:16:28 GMT

IETF to lead anti-spam crusade.

The Internet's premier standards-setting body is making its first attempt to develop messaging technology aimed at reducing the amount of spam flooding corporate e-mail servers.

Having researched spam for more than a year, the IETF this month formed a working group that will develop a standard mechanism to eliminate spam that uses a spoofed sender address.

The IETF's new working group plans to develop a DNS-based mechanism for storing and distributing information that authorizes an e-mail server to send messages from a particular domain or network. The group is dubbed MARID because it will create message transfer agent (MTA) authorization records in DNS.

By targeting spam, MARID has set its sights on one of the biggest headaches facing corporate network managers. In March, 68% of all Internet e-mail was spam, according to anti-spam vendor Brightmail. Brightmail says it filtered 2.93 billion fraudulent e-mails in March, up 25% from the previous month. [via NetworkWorldFusion]

[ITU Strategy and Policy Unit Newslog]

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interesting issue, we'll see if they actually come up with a solution.

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