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Yahoo Releases Anti-Spam Technique For Upcoming Standards Battle

from the everyone-come-up-with-their-own-standard! dept

One thing that you can guarantee in the technology world is that there will never be a shortage of standards battles. While AOL is supporting Sender Policy Framework (SPF) as their way of authenticating email senders, Microsoft is pushing their "caller ID" method of combating spoofed spam and Yahoo has been pushing ahead with their own DomainKeys proposal. Today, Yahoo is making some news by announcing that they're releasing the technology as a standard. A standard for whom? So far, it seems like it's just Yahoo. Are we going to reach a point where our mail servers are going to need to separately check DomainKeys, SPF, email Caller ID, some giant useless "do not spam" database, and twenty other anti-spam systems before they'll be able to forward mail? Is it really a "standard" if everyone has their own?

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    Not A. Zealot, 18 May 2004 @ 11:38pm

    Not anti-spam, but pro-reputation

    The common thread of all of these proposals is that they are not actually mechanisms which will stop spam, but simply mechanisms to stop forgery of the "From" domain.
    So you will still receive spam if you implement the Yahoo protocol, but not spam with a spoofed "@yahoo.com" source. or @hotmail.com or @msn.comw with the Microsoft approach, etc.
    Spammers will still be able to send spam, they will just find it more difficult to forge spam to appear to have come from a protected domain.

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