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IETF Creates Antispam Research Group

As spam problems worsen for businesses and consumers, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is going on the offensive by creating a panel called the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) to look for new ways to beat back unwanted e-mail. The IETF, the main standards body for the Internet, has created the ASRG under its research wing, the Internet Research Task Force, which explores various issues for the IETF and seeks answers to Internet-related problems. The chairman of the new research task force, Paul Judge, director of research and development at Alpharetta, Ga.-based antispam vendor CipherTrust Inc., said he came up with the idea because spam is rapidly worsening. “The problem of spam has tremendously altered the way we use the Internet,” he said. “It’s now common to see that half of all Internet traffic is spam.” Many of today’s commercial antispam products deal with the problem locally on a server or PC by filtering e-mail and trying to sort it into wanted messages and spam. “But that really doesn’t solve the problem globally, because all those messages are still traveling the Internet, hogging bandwidth” and wasting resources, Judge said. What the new group plans to do is re-examine the problem and existing solutions in an effort to find new spam controls. Some fixes may not involve much more than tweaking existing protocols or technologies in new ways. “People really haven’t taken a research approach or view of the spam problem,” Judge said. “There’s a large audience seeking solutions to this problem.” Full Story

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