SpamAssassin 3.0 Includes Improved Support for Habeas Sender Warranted Email

Collaboration With Open-Source Anti-Spam Community Means Improved Delivery of

Habeas Accredited Email

Nov 09, 2004, 00:00 ET from Habeas Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Habeas Inc., the company that
 defeats spam by enabling trust in legitimate email, today confirmed that
 SpamAssassin 3.0.0, the most recent, major update to the leading open-source
 anti-spam software, includes specific rules that enhance the security and
 deliverability of Habeas Sender Warranted Email.
     SpamAssassin is an extensible email filter that uses advanced statistical
 and heuristic tests to identify spam. It is deployed by numerous ISPs,
 enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses as the 'front line'
 filtering technology in the war against spam.
     The new Habeas rule-set implemented in SpamAssassin 3.0.0 checks inbound
 email messages for the presence of Habeas Warrant Mark, Habeas' copyrighted
 set of x-headers that are included in email messages sent by Habeas'
 customers. When a Habeas header is detected in an email, SpamAssassin
 automatically checks the Habeas Whitelist to positively identify the sending
 IP address as that of a valid Habeas licensee. SpamAssassin also checks the
 Habeas Blacklist to determine if the sending IP address is of a known Habeas
 license violator (i.e., a spammer).
     The combination of the Habeas Warrant Mark and Habeas Whitelist enables
 SpamAssassin 3.0.0 to easily authenticate the sending domain's identity and
 discern the positive reputation of the email sender. The end result is that
 SpamAssassin provides a -8 (negative 8) score to Habeas Sender Warranted
 Email, effectively ensuring the delivery of the email to its intended
     "SpamAssassin is an important weapon in the war on spam. It's widely
 deployed both in its native open-source form and as the basis for many
 commercial anti-spam solutions," said Peter Christy, principal at NetsEdge
 Research Group. "The comprehensive support for Habeas integrated into
 SpamAssassin 3.0.0 demonstrates the broad recognition and trust of Habeas'
 Sender Warranted Email service."
     "We're excited to continue our relationship with the SpamAssassin
 community through Habeas support and functionality in SpamAssassin 3.0.0,"
 said Des Cahill, Habeas' chief executive officer. "By providing accreditation
 and email classification services, Habeas is enabling SpamAssassin to better
 handle legitimate email, which directly enables more aggressive filtering of
 unknown or bad email."
     Email Accreditation and Authentication
     Emerging identity standards, including DomainKeys, Sender ID and SPF, are
 welcome additions to the arsenal of weapons in the fight against spam. But
 they're not a "silver bullet." Habeas believes accreditation services, which
 certify that an email sender complies with recognized best practices when
 sending email, are a crucial addition. Accreditation, when combined with
 identity standards, enables true identification of legitimate email.
     About Habeas Inc.
     The proliferation of spam, and the response to it, has made email an
 unreliable medium for legitimate business communications and ecommerce. Habeas
 is helping to build a sustainable model for email so that legitimate
 businesses can consistently use email to communicate with their customers, and
 so that ISPs can be confident that email from these businesses consists of
 legitimate business-critical communications. Habeas' solutions enable
 companies to comply with the latest standards and regulations; to identify
 themselves as adopters of email best practices; to outsource the monitoring
 and resolution of their email delivery problems to experts at Habeas; and to
 track and increase the delivery rates of their legitimate email.
     NOTE:  Habeas and Habeas Sender Warranted Email are registered trademarks
 of Habeas Inc. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may
 be the trademarks or copyrights of their respective owners.

SOURCE Habeas Inc.