Do anti-spam measures effectively cover the e-mail communication network? A formal approach

G. Schryen, The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security) 3 (2007) 66–90.

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Spam e-mails have become a serious technological and economic problem. Up to now, by deploying complementary anti-spam measures, we have been reasonably able to withstand spam e-mails and use the Internet for regular communication. However, if we are to avert the danger of losing the Internet e-mail service in its capacity as a valuable, free and worldwide medium of open communication, anti-spam activities should be performed more systematically than is currently the case regarding the mainly heuristic, anti-spam measures in place. A formal framework, within which the existing delivery routes that a spam e-mail may take, and anti-spam measures and their effectiveness can be investigated, will perhaps encourage a shift in methodology and pave the way for new, holistic anti-spam measures. This paper presents a model of the Internet e-mail infrastructure as a directed graph and a deterministic finite automaton and draws on automata theory to formally derive the spam delivery routes. The most important anti-spam measures are then described. Methods controlling only specific delivery routes are evaluated in terms of how effectively they cover the modeled e-mail infrastructure; methods operating independently of any particular routes receive a more general assessment.
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The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security)
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3
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2
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66-90
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Schryen G. Do anti-spam measures effectively cover the e-mail communication network? A formal approach. The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security). 2007;3(2):66-90.
Schryen, G. (2007). Do anti-spam measures effectively cover the e-mail communication network? A formal approach. The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security), 3(2), 66–90.
@article{Schryen_2007, title={Do anti-spam measures effectively cover the e-mail communication network? A formal approach}, volume={3}, number={2}, journal={The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security)}, author={Schryen, Guido}, year={2007}, pages={66–90} }
Schryen, Guido. “Do Anti-Spam Measures Effectively Cover the e-Mail Communication Network? A Formal Approach.” The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security) 3, no. 2 (2007): 66–90.
G. Schryen, “Do anti-spam measures effectively cover the e-mail communication network? A formal approach,” The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security), vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 66–90, 2007.
Schryen, Guido. “Do Anti-Spam Measures Effectively Cover the e-Mail Communication Network? A Formal Approach.” The Journal of Information Systems Security (AIS Special Interest Group in Security), vol. 3, no. 2, 2007, pp. 66–90.
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