MailChannels' Financial Support Helps Apache SpamAssassin Community by Enabling More Scalable "Honey Pots"

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Putting spam traps onto Amazon EC2 will help boost the accuracy of SpamAssassin rules.

Forward-thinking companies like MailChannels are proving that through collaboration and community involvement, SpamAssassin can continue to provide world-class spam filtering for organizations of all sizes. The Apache SpamAssassin honey pots provide a test-bed for spam filter rules that serve an estimated 100 million SpamAssassin users worldwide.

MailChannels Corporation, the global leader in email traffic shaping software, today announced that it is paying for infrastructure to host the Apache SpamAssassin project's spam honey pots. Support of this project enables the Apache SpamAssassin project to increase the number of honey pots it hosts, leading to better and more timely data on global spam outbreaks.

"We're grateful for MailChannels' continued support of the SpamAssassin project," said Justin Mason, Chairman of the Apache SpamAssassin Project Management Committee. "Forward-thinking companies like MailChannels are proving that through collaboration and community involvement, SpamAssassin can continue to provide world-class spam filtering for organizations of all sizes. The Apache SpamAssassin honey pots provide a test-bed for spam filter rules that serve an estimated 100 million SpamAssassin users worldwide."

Honey pots have long proven a vital part of an effective spam defense, but operating them at sufficient scale can be expensive and time consuming. In his role as a member of the Apache SpamAssassin Management Committee, Mason had been planning for some time to move the SpamAssassin honey pots into Amazon's flexible EC2 hosting environment. MailChannels support allowed the project to make the move.

MailChannels and Mason found an opportunity to help each other. In return for paying the hosting costs, the company will be able to share in the live data generated to provide a realistic test-bed for its new anti-spam technologies.

The support of the honey pots is the latest example of MailChannels' strong belief that SpamAssassin can provide a highly-effective foundation for enterprise spam defenses. MailChannels is committed to supporting open source projects with technical and financial assistance, and with add-on proprietary products that enhance the functionality of the open source platforms.

MailChannels recently announced a commercial-grade, proprietary email traffic shaping solution for SpamAssassin that enables enterprise IT to dramatically improve the effectiveness of SpamAssassin. More information on the new solution can be found at http://www.mailchannels.com

About Apache SpamAssassin
SpamAssassin is a mature, widely-deployed open source project that serves as a mail filter to identify spam. SpamAssassin uses a variety of mechanisms including header and text analysis, Bayesian filtering, DNS blocklists, and collaborative filtering databases. SpamAssassin runs on a server, and filters spam before it reaches your mailbox. Read more about it at http://spamassassin.apache.org.

About the Apache Software Foundation
SpamAssassin is an Apache Software Foundation project and is released under the Apache License. The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. As a US 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation provides an established framework for contributions of both intellectual property and funding for the support of open source software development. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products for the public benefit, attracting large communities of users and enabling future innovation, both commercial and individual, through its pragmatic Apache License.
Read more about it at http://www.apache.org.

About MailChannels
MailChannels Corporation is the global leader in email traffic shaping software, providing the most effective protocol-layer spam filtering to email receivers of all sizes. The company's flagship product, Traffic Control, combines an ultra efficient multiplexing SMTP proxy with real-time reputation data to prioritize email traffic before it hits the mail server. MailChannels Traffic Control protects email users at Fortune 500 companies, leading service providers, and universities worldwide. Recognized by the MIT Spam Conference and other leading authorities on spam, MailChannels is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
For more information, call (604) 685-7488, email info @ mailchannels.com, or visit http://www.mailchannels.com.

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