Telecoms, ISPs partner in spam fight

Wednesday, 14 January 2004, 12:00 PM EST

Telecoms and ISPs including Bell Canada, Bell South, Cox, Internet Initiative Japan and IIJ America, along with messaging software company OpenWave Systems, which is leading the initiative, will formally announce their antispam working group Wednesday.

The companies have joined to tackle technical issues related to spam and e-mail viruses at the network level, rather than focus on more topical anti-junk mail methods such as content filtering.

Part of their plan is to watch each others' backs.

"Simply put, we can create a worldwide real-time neighborhood watch. If I am blocking some eastern European IP address, and if I know this spammers' identity, why wouldn't I share that with my neighborhood," said Richard Wong, general manager of the messaging group for OpenWave, whose software is used by ISPs in the group.

By Stefanie Olsen at ZDNet.

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