Spam-fighting theories far from practice

Wednesday, 9 June 2004, 6:57 AM EST

Filters and sender authentication protocols are not likely to do much to stem the spam flood around the world, at least for the time being, according to Gartner analysts.

Maurene Caplan-Grey, Gartner's research director, told attendees at the company's 10th annual IT Security Summit here that filters are in the "embryonic stage" and sender reputation-authentication services are, at this point, little more than theories.

Caplan-Grey said filters work fairly well as long as the majority of spam is generated in the United States since "they [filters] understand American English. Not just the words, but the meaning behind the words." But as unsolicited e-mail starts to "proliferate from outside the United States and in different languages" that effectiveness seriously declines.

By Roy Mark at internetnews.

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