Saturday, May 8, 2004

E-Postmark

Here's a news article about a traceback feature developed at Penn State called "e-postmark" which allows analysts to traceback spam via "hidden" data at the packet level.

Personally I'm skeptical that it will work, I'm skeptical that it'll be effective, and I think it'll force spammers to be more technically competent.

This third thought is the worrier. Personally, I liked the days before we had Baynsian filtering. It was really easy to filter spam. Nowadays, I run, at a minimum, two scoring schemes and a good number of messages still end up in my inbox.