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ETIS Members Fight Spam in Crete

13 March 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fred Werner
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Last week the ETIS Anti Spam Co-operation group held a meeting in Crete hosted by ENISA. The meeting was attended by 25 people from companies like Telecom Italia, TDC, KPN, Telenor, Telefonica, Oger Telekom, Slovak Telekom, France Telecom, Swisscom, A1 Telekom Austria, Belgacom, ECO, ENISA, ReturnPath, Eleven, KUL Leuven and Vade Retro.

Welcoming the ETIS delegation, ENISA’s Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht stated: "Telecoms companies are crucial players in ensuring that Europe has secure IT networks, and this visit from ETIS provides an excellent opportunity for us to share ideas and good practices. More and more, we are seeing that partnerships between the public and private sectors are a flexible and effective way to ensure we can all benefit from improved IT security.” ENISA’s links with ETIS go back a number of years, with ETIS members contributing to work in several areas, including the reporting of data incidents, botnets and public-private partnerships.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss how to reduce spam levels on the Telcos networks and how to deal with the latest threats. The group also discussed feedback loops, Phising, Data Retention and Privacy regulations, blacklisting policies and anti spam KPIs. The group was pleased to welcome new members from Slovak Telekom and A1 Telekom Austria.

One of the main topics of the meeting was the ETIS – Return Path Feedback Loop Project. Return Path and ETIS have teamed up on a project to assist ETIS members with identifying and stopping spam leaving their networks. Participating ETIS members have setup networks of spamtrap email addresses, and they have configured these spamtraps to forward all mail that they get to Return Path. Furthermore, ETIS members also setup one or more addresses to accept a feed of spamtrap hits originating from their networks and will funnel this feed to their standard abuse handling processes. Return Path’s role in this project is to take in all the messages hitting any ETIS spamtrap, sort out the ones that originated on any participating ETIS member network and route them to the network owner for processing as part of a feedback loop, or FBL. This data can then be used to better fight spam on an EU network level.

The next meeting will be hosted by Eleven in Munich on 20/21 September 2012. For more information on how to join this group please contact Fred Werner at

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