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An organization focused on controlling spam has come up with new proposals that give Internet service providers more effective weapons to fight unsolicited electronic mail. The "Mail Abuse Prevention System" (MAPS) provides subscribers with free access to its Realtime Blackhole List (RBL.) It's a list of Internet addresses of spammers and the IP networks that accommodate them - intentionally or not. Currently about 180 ISPs use the RBL to block messages from the IP addresses on the list. MAPS adds about 40 names a week to the list, but about 20 also come off each week, after spammers agree to play by the rules.

The new proposal introduced in Washington would combine the RBL with two other MAPS services for a fee. The other MAPS services are a Dial-up User List (spammers who use a direct connection to mail servers without going through an ISP), and the Relay Spam Stopper (lists unsecured relays used to transmit spam.) MAPS says the new service would be called RBL+, and could cost up to $10,000 to subscribe.

Another industry watchdog is the "Spam Recycling Center," which encourages consumers to forward spam messages to them. The messages are collected and forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission.

Source: The Industry Standard
Copyright 1999 NetMarquee Inc.

Last updated: Oct 11, 1999




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