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ETIS fights Spam in Berlin

Friday 25 March 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fred Werner

Last week The ETIS Anti-Spam Co-operation Group held a meeting in Berlin which was kindly hosted by Return Path. The meeting was attended by 29 people from companies like Telecom Italia, TDC, KPN, Belgacom, Telenor, Swisscom, BT, Cloudmark, ReturnPath, Trend Micro and Spamhaus. 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 blacklisting policies, IPV6, Botnets and criminal spam activities.

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 group has made progress with the Feedback Loop project and TDC, Telenor and Telecom Italia are actively exchanging data. The next meeting will be hosted by Swisscom in Zurich on 15-16 September 2011.

For more information on how to join this group please contact Fred Werner at