Spammers = Biggest Users of Anti-Spam Technology

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There will be no end to this…
“Scotty, transfer all energy to shields!”

As reported by BBC News, spammers have been using anti-spam technology for their own evil deeds. Apparently the same technology that is used to authenticate emails is being exploited in the sense that spammer now use real working email addresses that simply do not belong to them. The technology is called Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and it currently has no way of checking if the sender actually owns the address he is sending from. A simple obvious exploit if you asked me. One way to to fix it though would be to tie email addresses to a range of IP addresses, but that would make the Internet more clandestine and prevent mobility. Perhaps there are other ways…