Thursday, May 24, 2007

New Spec Could Cut Phishing, Spam

Phishers and spammers beware: It may soon be a lot harder to pretend you're somebody you're not.

The Internet Engineering Task Force, which sets the technical standards for the Internet, yesterday approved the DomainKeys Identified Mail standard as a proposed standard (RFC 4871). The specification, a three-year effort pioneered by Yahoo!, Cisco, Sendmail, and PGP, is an email authentication framework that uses cryptographic signature technology to verify the domain of the sender.

In a nutshell, DKIM allows email senders to "sign" each email to verify that it comes from their domain. If the receiving domain handles an email that does not contain the signature, it can raise a red flag to warn the recipient that the message might be a fake.

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