Telstra And IIA Help The Spam Cause

Telstra's wholesale division has launched a new product to fight spam and e-mail virus problems.

It claims Telstra Wholesale Safe Internet will save consumers bandwidth and e-mail storage.

The product is designed to block spam and dispose of SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol) e-mail viruses before they enter a network.

A Telstra spokesperson claimed the interception of spam would give wholesale customers "peace of mind" when they used the Internet.

Telstra Wholesale head of products, Martin Mercer, said there was increasing demand for solutions to the spam epidemic.

"Telstra's new anti-spam, anti-virus product has been developed to intercept and dispose of affected e-mail in the Telstra network before it reaches the customer's mailbox," he said.

It does not require software updates, and is said to save bandwidth, administration resources and e-mail storage by catching spam and viruses before they reach the customer Viruses are detected by using Trend Micro technology. Infected files are then repaired or deleted.

The anti-spam solution is powered by Brightmail.

In light of persistent spam problems, the Internet Industry Association (IIA) has convened a meeting of senior industry figures in order to develop strategies that will advise the Federal government on legislative action against spam.

The meeting, at Parliament House in Canberra on June 26, will consider the form, scope and implementation of the government's proposed legislation.

Chief Executive of the IIA, Peter Coroneos, said the (Federal) government had indicated the principles it believed were needed to underpin the anti-spam laws.

"We (the IIA) need to examine the practical aspects of implementing them, their implications for the industry and advise the government accordingly," he said.

Coroneos said the legislation must strike a balance.

"It (the legislation) should be tough on spammers because the escalation in the problem, at 40 per cent per month, could stop people responding to e-mail in all its forms," he said.

"For many companies spam is now degrading their communication networks by choking or crashing mail servers, spreading viruses and carrying illegal content to users and customers.

"While we understand that domestic legislation will not eliminate the spam problem, it is an important part of a comprehensive strategy."

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