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The Japan Email Anti-Abuse Group (JEAG) Drafts Recommendations on the Fight against Spam E-mail


TOKYO, February 23, 2006 - The Japan Email Anti-Abuse Group (JEAG), a working group founded by Japan's major Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile telecommunication carriers to counter spam e-mail abuse, has drafted a list of recommendations for the reference of companies and mail server system administrators that are considering counter-spam measures. The recommendations include information on introducing effective technological countermeasures and working policies to eliminate spam.

Every year, large amounts of spam are sent to internet users without their consent, and the problem continues to become more critical. For example, more than 70% of the e-mail sent in the U.S. is spam. Spam not only consumes resources of corporate mail servers and system administrators, it is also a primary source of viruses and an instrument of fraud and other unethical practices. In Japan, the damage caused by spam continues to grow. While companies are working diligently to combat spam with a certain degree of success, spammer methods are becoming more devious and malicious. Therefore the potential damage and repercussions of spam on society are becoming an even greater cause of concern.

Amidst these circumstances, Japan's major ISPs and mobile telecommunication carriers founded JEAG in March 2005 as a working group to examine and implement technological measures to combat spam. Sub-working groups were formed to examine the three critical areas of:
Eliminating Spam Sent to Mobile Phones
Introducing Outbound Port 25 Blocking, and
Implementing Sender Authentication Technology
While examining the challenges and countermeasures involved in starting the fight against spam, participating members have implemented their own effective measures to combat spam.

For the future reference of companies and mail server system administrators that are considering counter-spam measures, JEAG has drafted a list of recommendations based on a study on the challenges encountered while counter-spam measures are implemented. These recommendations have been approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, who participated as observers. JEAG will work to widely propagate these recommendations and further educate e-mail server administrators about counter-spam measures. JEAG also hopes its counter-spam recommendations will be introduced rapidly not only by ISP hosting companies, but also by businesses and educational institutions.

JEAG will continue to contribute its expertise to greatly enhance Japan's messaging environment.

For more information on the recommendations and sub-working groups, please see the attached appendix.

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