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IBM unveils anti-spaming technology

Antony Savvas

IBM has introduced a new anti-spam technology that is designed to make existing spam filtering solutions more effective.

Called FairUCE (Fair use of Unsolicited Commercial E-mail), the new technology helps filter and block spam by analysing the domain identity of an e-mail.

It does this by using built-in identity management capabilities at the network level. 

FairUCE is able to establish the legitimacy of an e-mail message by linking it back to its origin, thereby establishing a relationship between an e-mail domain, e-mail address and the computer's IP address from which it was sent from.

FairUCE can then formulate lists of IP addresses which are either legitimate e-mail servers or "zombies" being used to spread spam. Zombies are PCs taken over by remote hackers to spread spam or malware without the PC's owner knowing.

Unlike spam filters, which identify spam by scanning the content of every e-mail message entering the network, FairUCE blocks and eliminates spam from spammers who are assuming false identities to hide who they really are.

IBM's FairUCE spam technology can therefore help customers identify potentially harmful traffic much earlier, before it affects their networks.

The IBM spam solution comes as Microsoft and other various parties continue to argue over an acceptable technical standard for allowing users to know for certain who is sending them e-mails.

The IEEE standards body has effectively given up in trying to get the various companies to reach a compromise.

FairUCE is available through IBM alphaWorks, IBM's online community providing early adopters and innovators direct access to emerging technologies and resources.

For more information on FairUCE click here >>

 


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