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The BBC notes Backing for tool to battle spam:

A tool that could help in the battle against spam and phishing attacks has received industry approval.

The DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) system is a method of validating the identity of the sender of an e-mail.

Spammers hide their identity by using a false, or spoofed, address in the millions of messages they send out.

DKIM uses encrypted digital signatures to prove a message’s origin and a draft standard has been accepted by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The IETF is the umbrella group representing firms such as Yahoo, Cisco, Sendmail and PGP Corporation.

I just finished notifying two colleges that they are hosting drug spam pages on their servers. Come guys, you change the passwords every semester, and unless there’s a special request all student pages get wiped. Been there and done that for a university system.

This is a good thing. This will make it easier to track spammers, and block a lot of the big abusers.