AOL, Yahoo! and Microsoft on Monday sketched a broad outline that calls for technical changes to email to make it more difficult to send the widely reviled messages. Among the steps are plans to hinder spammers from creating multiple fraudulent email accounts in bulk and to determine the real identity of the senders.
The three companies said they will work with organizations across the industry to drive technical standards and guidelines that will work across any software or hardware systems. They also said they will work with companies that regularly communicate with consumers and businesses through email to help them become aware of what is considered spam.
One of the most oppressive aspects of connecting to the Net, spam wreaks havoc for computer users and for Internet companies such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo! and EarthLink.
AOL and Microsoft recently filed suit separately against individuals and companies that are allegedly blasting spam to their members.
The problem has become so widespread that federal lawmakers are trying to craft policy to punish spammers. Earlier this month, a pair of US senators reintroduced a bill, called the CAN-SPAM Act, that would make it a federal offence to send spam using false return e-mail addresses. Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, also has proposed legislation to combat spam.
Oh man, I wish them good luck as spam annoys me more and more and started to cost me real money if I access my E-Mail accounts via GPRS!