Microsoft is proposing new anti-spam technology which will validate email addresses to authenticate them, before they can be received. This new standard holds promise, as it would not allow "spoofed" email headers to be recieved. Microsoft working on "Caller ID" email standard http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/twc/privac...m_callerid.mspx
Microsoft on Wednesday said it plans to submit a proposal to make its antispam technology a standard, becoming the latest Internet giant to seek industry approval for the adoption of its technique.
The technology, called "Caller ID for E-mail," is an Internet Protocol-based method to ensure that the sender's return e-mail address is authentic
. Many spammers have used a method called "spoofing," which makes their return addresses appear legitimate to the recipient's spam filters.
Often, people open unwanted spam, thinking it originated from a contact, which could lead to the further dissemination of viruses and user annoyance. Microsoft plans to file its proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an industry standards body, either this week or next. Caller ID for E-Mail:
The Next Step to Deterring Spam" is the Microsoft draft specification to address the widespread problem of domain spoofing. Domain spoofing refers specifically to the use of someone else's domain name when sending a message, and is part of the larger spoofing problem, the practice of forging the sender's address on e-mail messages.
Caller ID for e-mail would verify that each e-mail message originates from the Internet domain it claims to come from. Eliminating domain spoofing will help legitimate senders protect their domain names and reputations, and help recipients more effectively identify and filter junk e-mail.Related Link:Bill Gates Outlines Technology Vision to Help Stop Spam http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2...echVisionPR.asp