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AOL joins industry antispam group

Internet service provider America Online has joined the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), which was formed last...

Internet service provider America Online has joined the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), which was formed last December by a group of communications and technology companies to fight spam, viruses and other online attacks and nuisances.

"America Online is committed to improving our customers' messaging experience," said Carl Hutzler, director of antispam operations at AOL.

"To do so, we must co-operate to find common solutions for eliminating spam and other unwanted communications and security threats."

The MAAWG is an independent non-profit coalition of worldwide carriers and technology providers that hope to fight spam and viruses by collaborating, improving technology defenses and offering an industry voice on public antispam and anti-virus policy.

Other members of the group include Bell Canada, BellSouth, Charter Communications, Cloudmark, Cox Communications, EarthLink, Goodmail Systems, Internet Initiative Japan, Openwave Systems, TDS Telecom, TDS Metrocom and Verizon Communications.

"We welcome America Online to the MAAWG and look forward to working with them to help define a set of best current practices across service providers to improve deliverability," said Richard Wong, MAAWG's chairman and Openwave's general manager.

AOL, along with other internet companies, has been taking on spam, fraud, forgery, viruses and other malicious attacks on several fronts.

Last week, AOL, a unit of Time Warner, filed a lawsuit targeting "spim", or unsolicited messages sent to users of its instant messaging service.

Todd R. Weiss writes for Computerworld

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