Antispam Efforts Pick Up Steam
On legal, technology, and legislative fronts, the effort is on to fight junk e-mail.In separate moves, Microsoft and AOL are taking aim at spam. Microsoft announced on Tuesday that new antispam technology will ship in Exchange Server 2003. Meanwhile, AOL filed five separate lawsuits against alleged spammers that the company says have blanketed AOL users with messages promoting everything from mortgages to pornography. The moves parallel junk e-mails emergence as the scourge of computer users. Jupiter Research analysts estimate that the average e-mail inbox receives 42 spam messages a daya number thats expected to increase by more than two-thirds to 70 by 2007. Analysts at research firm Gartner have predicted that more than 50 percent of e-mail messages will be spam by 2004.
"Microsofts philosophy is to stop viruses and spam at the network perimeter," said Kevin McCuistion, director of Exchange marketing and business development at Microsoft, in a statement. The company also announced that the virus-scanning API (VSAPI 2.5) in Exchange Server 2003 will allow developers to add in complementary solutions for fighting viruses.