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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Microsoft Offers ISPs Spam-Fighting Tools

Microsoft Corp. launched a website and an analytical service to help Internet service providers in their spam-reduction efforts.

The latest anti-spam offerings are tied to Microsoft’s web-mail service Hotmail, which is offered through the Redmond, Wash., software maker’s MSN entertainment portal.

Microsoft introduced a preview release of its new ISP service, called Smart Network Data Services, which provides a variety of characteristics of e-mail traffic sent to MSN Hotmail subscribers, which number 200 million active users worldwide.  ISPs can find out the volume of e-mail being sent from their Internet protocol space, how the e-mail is affected by Hotmail spam filtering and the percentage of e-mail marked as spam by Hotmail and its subscribers.  By providing this information, ISPs can attack problems by cleaning compromised servers, increasing security measures for the host or network, or working with e-mail senders to determine if their spammers or legitimate marketers, Microsoft said.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with government agencies in more than 20 countries, launched an international campaign to educate ISPs about computers that have been hijacked by virus writers in order to send spam.

The new Microsoft site called MSN Postmaster provides information on issues and tools related to fighting junk e-mail sent to MSN Hotmail members.

In January, Microsoft implemented in Hotmail its proposed e-mail sender authentication protocol called Sender ID, which is designed to fight domain spoofing and phishing.

Posted on 05/26