Microsoft Efforts Dont Slice Spam
Even as it takes on spammers, Microsoft comes under fire.No good spam-fighting deed goes unpunished, or thats how things seem when youre Microsoft. After initiating high-profile lawsuits against spammers and pleading with Congress for tougher regulations, Microsoft itself is taking heat for assisting the targets of its actions. Apparently much unsolicited e-mail comes from the companys own services including Hotmail, and critics charge that junk mailers have exploited Microsofts WebDAV tool. WebDAVWeb-based Distributed Authoring and Versioningis an open set of HTTP protocol extensions that enable people to edit files collaboratively on a remote Web server. "It allows us to deliver a richer Web-based e-mail service," explains Larry Grothaus, MSN product manager.
Unfortunately, WebDAV also allows spammers to send more messages. Normally a user has to fill out a Web form manually to create an e-mail, but WebDAV allows junk e-mailers to run automated scripts for mass mailings that are often anonymous. Critics want Microsoft to prevent spammers from exploiting WebDAV on Hotmail and MSN servers.