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Xtra blocks mass emailings

Internet service provider Xtra has started blocking emails sent to more than 99 recipients. Xtra security spokesman Luke Baxter says the Telecom-owned ISP has had the policy in its terms and conditions for several years, but only recently realised it wasn't doing it. "It was an oversight and we decided to start enforcing it," he says. "We want to stop people sending spam out to large numbers of people." He says the policy is in line with other ISPs in New Zealand and globally. Ihug, for example, blocks e-mails to more than 50 recipients, while Clear.net sets a limit of 128. Blocking emails with more than 99 recipients is one of the most basic anti-spam measures, but as the country's largest ISP, with more than 600,000 customers, the move will affect everyday New Zealanders too. Mr Baxter says Xtra is discouraging mass emails with addresses in the "blind carbon copy" field. These can easily be intercepted and hacked open, compromising the addresses of all the recipients, he says. Xtra...

ยป Stuff.co.nz - REUBEN SCHWARZ - 07-05-2006

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