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Standards group takes aim at spam

An influential Internet standards-setting body has begun a close scrutiny of the mounting problem of e-mail spam, in an effort that could have broad-ranging implications for future e-mail use and security. An official Anti-Spam Research Group has been convened under the auspices of the Internet Research Task Force, a loose organization affiliated with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF has traditionally been responsible for standardizing basic Net technologies such as e-mail, data transfer protocols and Internet addresses, among a host of other issues. The new group is an open research body without any policy-setting power, but its findings could ultimately change the way e-mail is handled by Internet service providers and networks. “Once considered a nuisance, spam has grown to account for a large percentage of the mail volume on the Internet,” the group’s Web site reads. “The purpose of the (research group) is to understand the problem and collectively propose and evaluate solutions to the problem.” Full Story

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