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Spam.abuse.net is the best site on the Internet dedicated to fighting spam. It contains a wealth of content, tips, and links to help you and your organization fight spam. Help for consumers can be found at http://spam.abuse.net/userhelp/. Help for IT administrators can be found at http://spam.abuse.net/adminhelp/.

Stopspam.org is another site dedicated to stopping spam and other abuses of the Internet. They provide similar tools and content to help consumers and companies fight spam. This site provides information in other languages, such as Hungarian, and they are always looking for volunteers to translate their content into other languages.

Spamresearchcenter.com is a Web site that is dedicated to creating free antispam software for the general public.


1. What is spam? Visit http://spam.abuse.net/overview/whatisspam.shtml and http://www.templetons.com/brad/spamterm.html for their answers.

2. http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2002/06/10/daily22.html

3. http://www.ironworks.com/comedy/python/spam.htm

4. http://www.british-legends.com/

5. This was written during the case Olmstead v. United States, http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&navby=case&vol=277&invol=438&friend=oyez

6. Many organizations have defined unwanted e-mail as a type of communication privacy (http://www.caslon.com.au/privacyguide1.htm, http://www.privacyinternational.org/survey/Overview.html).

7. Stefan Brands, PET Workshop, Brussels, Belgium, July 2003

8. IETF Anti-Spam Research Group

9. Kris Oser, "Live from FTC Forum: What Spam Costs," Direct Newsline, May 1, 2003.

10. Tim Lemke, "Spam Harmed Economy More Than Hackers, Viruses," The Washington Times, November 10, 2003.

11. "EarthLink Wins Antispam Injunction," Associated Press, May 7, 2003.

12. David Strom, "'Phishing' Identity Theft Is Gaining Popularity," Security Pipeline, November 20, 2003.

13. The Sarasota PC User's Group also has a great list of 2004 New Year's resolutions, http://www.davebytes.com/db010504.htm.

14. Brightmail, Inc. is the award-winning creator of enterprise-level antispam software, http://www.brightmail.com/.

15. "Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL Sue Under New Anti-Spam Law," Bloomberg News, March 10, 2004.

16. The Anti-Spam Research Group is the best place to get connected with researchers, http://asrg.sp.am/.

17. A directory of sites that provide block lists can be found at http://www.spam-blockers.com/SPAM-blacklists.htm. Although the terms whitelist and blacklist are used to discuss lists used in spam control, many people find the terms inappropriate, so I don't use them. For Carla.

18. CRM114, the Controllable Regex Mutilator, is considered one of the best Bayesian filter algorithms, http://crm114.sourceforge.net/.

19. One researcher found a way to defeat this type of filter. However, the effort involved is basically cost-prohibitive, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3458457.stm.

20. K9 is a software filter that works with POP3 mail servers that implement a Bayesian filter and it is absolutely free, http://www.keir.net/k9.html.

21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3426367.stm

22. http://www.honeypots.com/about.html

23. Kevin Poulsen, "Use a Honeypot, Go to Prison?," SecurityFocus, April 16, 2003, http://www.securityfocus.com/news/4004.

24. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, "Stopping Spam Before the Gateway: Honeypots," eSecurityPlanet.com, November 13, 2003, http://www.esecurityplanet.com/trends/article.php/11164_3108311_2.

25. http://www.spamlaws.com/federal/108s877enrolled.pdf

26. The European Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, http://www.euro.cauce.org/en/index.html.

27. Jonathan Krim, "EarthLink to Offer Anti-Spam E-Mail System," Washington Post, May 7, 2003.

28. Cobion was recently acquired by Internet Security Systems, http://www.iss.net/.

29. A selection of block list companies is at http://www.spam-blockers.com/SPAM-blacklists.htm.

30. Matt Hines, "Boeing's Antispam Spinoff Takes Flight," CNET News.com, August 21, 2003.

31. Stefanie Olsen, "Marketers Unite to Cook Spam's Goose," CNET News.com, April 23, 2003.

32. Daniel Tynan, "Antispam Activists Win (and Lose) in Court," PCWorld.com, October 14, 2003.

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