Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Enterprise users at risk of spending millions on ‘bouncing’ spam

  • 04 May, 2006 09:37

<p>SYDNEY, May 5. Australia’s business and government email users are in danger of experiencing email service outages or delays because bounced spam messages are choking their networks and raising communications costs, according to anti-spam fighter, Peter Stewart.</p>
<p>He believes that many enterprises are being charged for high volumes of ‘bounced’ spam by their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). According to Stewart, the annual total cost to innocent victims of email scams could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p>
<p>The scam works when spammers forge a sender’s email address to be that of the victim, so that the victim, rather than the spammer, has to deal with a flood of bounced emails sent to deliberately invalid email addresses.</p>
<p>The Register, an authoritative infotech web site, says that over 50 per cent of the largest US corporations have experienced mail service outages or delays because of bounced spam messages targeting their networks, according to a study by gateway security firm Ironport Systems. (http://www.theregister.com/2006/05/02/bounced_spam_survey/).</p>
<p>Peter Stewart, Chairman of Sydney-based New Millennium Solutions (NMS), says: “It is likely that many Australian enterprises are suffering similar problems. We know of some whose ISPs have charged them for huge volumes of traffic caused by bounced emails.”</p>
<p>He cites an accounting firm that was charged hundreds of dollars extra in usage charges by BigPond after receiving more than 5,000 ‘bounced’ emails a day. The firm went 50 per cent over its download volume allocation.</p>
<p>“Assuming that many Australian enterprises fall prey to spammers who forge senders’ addresses, and have to pay ISPs’ fees for the extra traffic, the annual bill could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions,” says Stewart.</p>
<p>“The answer lies in anti-spam solutions that use blocking technology rather than the more common filtering techniques. Our own TotalBlock solution, which stops all incoming emails not authorised by the recipient, protected the accountancy company as soon as it switched to TotalBlock. TotalBlock automatically protected the firm from ‘bouncing’ emails, and it received no more of them.”</p>
<p>All New Millennium Solutions’ anti-spam clients - either using NMS’s anti-spam managed service or running it on their own servers - are immune from ‘bouncing’ spam problems. Although spammers might use their email addresses, they do not receive ‘bounced’ emails because TotalBlock blocks them. Firms with their own domain name are also immune from any additional charge from the ISP.</p>
<p>Blocking technology is more effective than filtering technology at stopping unwanted emails without ‘losing’ those that are not spam. It also guards against network overloads caused by storming, harvesting and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.</p>
<p>According to the Ironport study mentioned above, bounced messages make up 11 per cent of all "hostile mail" in the USA. Other categories include spam, viruses, and phishing emails.</p>
<p>Even though under 0.5 per cent of bounced messages reach end users, the IT help desk costs associated with spam messages exceed $US5bn a year. Most of these help desk calls are unnecessary because the message the end-user received was a misdirected bounce falsely claiming that a recipient had sent a virus-infected email to some unknown party.</p>
<p>About TotalBlock</p>
<p>TotalBlock - www.totalblock.net - is an Australian-developed anti-spam solution that blocks ALL spam, using the challenge-response methodology rather than less reliable filtering techniques. TotalBlock quickly and easily builds up a list of acceptable incoming email senders by replying automatically to all those who are not on the user’s allowed list. The reply message contains a simple action that, when followed, automatically adds the sender to the allowed list. The action can be as simple as replying to the challenge. Since the authorisation process requires human intervention, the challenge process bypasses drone machines that spew out huge volumes of spam. All address book entries are authorised automatically, as are senders who reply to mail sent by the user.</p>
<p># # #</p>
<p>Meet Peter Stewart and TotalBlock creator Ben Corby at CeBit in Sydney, May 9 - 11. Hall 4, Stand Q24.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Peter Stewart or Ben Corby
New Millennium Solutions
Tel. 61-2-9437 9800</p>

Most Popular

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?