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The Fight Against Email Spam Heats Up

Posted on 2.27.2014

The battle against fraud and spam has heated up, as IT security provider Kaspersky Lab and email intelligence company Return Path have teamed up to fight against international fraud together.

The companies have agreed on a framework to share threat data and security analytics to detect and prevent email abuse, protect end-users from malware and spam, as well as to enable mailbox providers to quickly identify and address fraud within their networks.

Under the agreement, Kaspersky Lab will incorporate Return Path’s Reputation Network Blacklist and Certified Whitelist into its spam detection analysis to improve both the speed and accuracy of its suite of products. Each list is updated in real-time to identify fraudulent sources of email and to audit legitimate email senders that comply with mailbox providers’ best practices. Conversely, Return Path will leverage Kaspersky Lab’s email abuse data to further improve its email stream analysis and to enable its customers to respond faster to email abuse.

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“Kaspersky Lab has a long-standing reputation of making the first and most relevant security discoveries. Our capacity to leverage the core security intelligence is further extended by Return Path’s expertise and unique position within the email ecosystem,” said Nikita Shvetsov, deputy CTO at Kaspersky Lab. “Our coordinated intelligence can provide a safer experience not just for our clients and their customers, but also for email users around the world.”

It is also important to note that since Return Path’s data networks help to protect more than 2.4 billion mailboxes worldwide, the agreement between the two companies will enable them to make substantial progress toward protecting end users from email threats, while also allowing mailbox providers to keep abusive mail out of their network.

“As reports of high-profile security breaches become commonplace they highlight a need for collaborative solutions that expose fraud from multiple vantage points,” said Matt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path said. “Kaspersky Lab and Return Path are sharing what we see from increasingly sophisticated criminals to make it harder for abuse to go undetected, to reach users, and to pay off the risk of sending malicious and unwanted email. Joint efforts like this are vital as we work to maintain trust in the safety and fundamental value of the email channel.”

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