n South African Computer Journal - Spam control via a distributed scheme of merit accumulation : research article

Volume 2003, Issue 31
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



Infringement of privacy and denial of service attacks can take various forms. Coercing unsolicited e-mails upon an individual or an organisation is one of those not so obvious forms. Our approach aims at effectively stopping spam and minimizing false-positives by applying filters at both the sender side and the receiver side on the basis of a merit-accumulation scheme. Our merit scheme is designed in such a way that, while the cooperation of the sender and the receiver of an e-mail is voluntary, their active cooperation will reap much greater benefit. As a result, our scheme will increase the accuracy and the effectiveness of the spam filtering, and the normal e-mail traffic will steadily ferment and enrich the merits that would lead to smarter e-mail classifications and could also propagate across to the other participating organizations.

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