Spammers use e-mail ID to gain legitimacy

Thursday, 9 September 2004, 10:09 AM EST

The author of the study, e-mail services provider MX Logic, analyzed nearly 10 million bulk e-mail messages that it had filtered on behalf of its clients in late August. The company found that nearly a sixth of the sources of the junk messages used a protocol known as Sender Policy Framework (SPF) to certify that the e-mail addresses used in the messages were real.

While SPF has been touted as a way to stop spam, the data has shown that the true value of the protocol is more about preventing fraud, said Scott Chasin, chief technology officer of the Denver company.

By Robert Lemos at ZDNet.

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