Re: A interesting way to detect spam based on the proximity of the sender with the receiver

I am not sure if this will work or not, but the research was
interesting none-the-less.


On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM, Shreyas Zare<shreyas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This wont work in practical environment. Spammers are no dumb, they
will make new trojan (or push a update!) which better emulates like a
real mail server and get past this technique of spam identification in
a matter of hours. And what about false positives? I feel it will
block a lot of legitimate mails too as it is never seen by the mail
server to check for any other thing like white list, SPF or domain

Just my 2 cents.


On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 8:14 AM, Ali, Saqib <docbook.xml@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The research revealed that ham (legitimate e-mail) tends to come from
computers that have a lot of channels, or ports, open for
communication. Bots, automated systems that are often used to send out
reams of spam, tend to keep open only the e-mail port, known as the
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol port.

The researchers [also] found that by plotting the geodesic distance
between the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the sender and
receiver--measured on the curved surface of the earth--they could
determine whether the message was junk. Spam, the researchers found,
tends to travel farther than ham. Spammers also tend to have IP
addresses that are numerically close to those of other spammers.

The Georgia Tech researchers also looked at the autonomous server (AS)
number associated with an e-mail. (An AS number is assigned to every
independently operated network, whether it's an Internet service
provider or a campus network.) Knowing that a significant percentage
of spam comes from a handful of autonomous server numbers, the
researchers decided to integrate that characteristic into SNARE, too.

Read more (very interesting stuff):


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