Microsoft opens new front in anti-spam campaign


Microsoft opens new front in anti-spam campaign

Antony Savvas

Microsoft is broadening its anti-spam efforts by launching new online services for both ISPs and marketers.

With the new Smart Network Data Services, ISPs can now determine how much e-mail traffic they are forwarding to MSN Hotmail accounts, how that e-mail is affected by MSN Hotmail spam filtering systems, and what percentage of the traffic has been reported as spam by Hotmail users.

With this Microsoft solution ISPs can also identify and clean compromised machines, boost security measures for the host or network, and determine whether a mail sender is distributing spam or legitimate e-mail. 

Microsoft has also launched the MSN Postmaster website, which is designed to deliver greater spam protection to the 200 million active Hotmail users. 

MSN Postmaster is an attempt to educate bulk e-mailers and ISPs about what can and can’t be sent to MSN Hotmail users. 

MSN Postmaster is available in 10 languages and offers updated information and tools for fighting junk e-mail. 

As well as involving ISPs and legitimate marketers in its fight against spam, Microsoft has launched a wave of lawsuits against alleged mass spammers in the US, who it claims have broken tough US spam laws.

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