Given at a Full Committee Hearing:
Thursday, May 20 2004 - 10:15 AM - SR - 253
The Testimony of
Mr. Shinya Akamine
President & CEO, Postini Inc.
To date, the CAN-SPAM act has had no substantial impact on the flow
of spam. In fact, in the four months since CAN-SPAM went into effect,
spam has increased from 78% to 83% of messages processed by Postini.
have garnered headlines, ISPs’ recent lawsuits
against alleged spammers are mostly “John Doe”, highlighting
the root problem: proficient spammers know how to hide their identities
by using a variety of techniques. In addition, many spammers are
offshore, so they’re beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement.
Recent arrests are catching smalltime operators who are sending
an insignificant amount of spam.
a good law to have. The government should continue to enforce
it and punish
those spammers that can be found. But
Americans should not rely solely on laws. Although it’s beneficial
to have the laws on the books making spamming a crime, most spammers
are criminals who are unconcerned about breaking the law.
The problems facing email go beyond just spam. Other malicious
threats hurt the utility of email. Viruses are delivered primarily
via email, and they are becoming more frequent and more destructive.
Denial of Service attacks are attempts to crash email servers and
disrupt communications. Directory Harvest Attacks are attempts
to steal corporate directory information.
Spammers are modifying their messages to defeat traditional, or
first-generation, anti-spam technologies that were primarily based
on content analysis. Spam is becoming more personalized and unique.
Spammers are also putting less and less content in their messages.
Less content means less context for typical spam filters to assess.
companies like Postini have developed second-generation Email
Security & Management solutions that render the spam
problem, as well the other email threats, moot for their customers.
Spam is a problem today only for companies and organizations that
are unaware of – or unwilling to implement – one of
today’s second-generation spam blocking solutions. Spam filters
can cost just $1 per user per month, and the payback period for
companies installing such filters is typically just 3 months. Postini
has more than 3,000 customers today, with more than 5 million users,
who have no spam problem.
the Senate’s recognition of the important
role that email plays in our world today and the passage of CAN-SPAM.
Free enterprise will do the rest.