Technology Companies Confront a Scourge of the Internet

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Technology Companies Confront a Scourge of the Internet

Postby spamislame » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:25 pm

For all the engineer-poaching and trash-talking going around Silicon Valley these days, there has also been a surprising amount of behind-the-scenes collaboration.

For the past 18 months, engineers at PayPal, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and nine other technology companies have spent their off-hours (and some on-hours) working hand in hand to tackle the problem that plagues them all: e-mail phishing.

Starting Monday, other companies can adopt the new standard by registering with Once they sign up, e-mail senders — whether they be a mom-and-pop bakeries or The Gap — will have a way of constantly communicating with the big e-mail providers at Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL about which e-mails purporting to be from their domains should be allowed into in-boxes, and which should not.

DMARC requires that members adopt e-mail authentication policies whereby any e-mail that claims to be from their domain must pass one of two authentication tests. If an e-mail doesn’t pass muster, a sender can tell the e-mail providers to quarantine the e-mail or reject it outright. In turn, senders can get real-time reporting on the state of their spoofing problems.

This is good news.

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Re: Technology Companies Confront a Scourge of the Internet

Postby meep » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:53 am

Good find about the large providers, I haven't seen this mentioned before. :silthumb:
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