Telstra BigPond has launched a new service to tackle viruses and spam in reaction to the worst month on record for Internet vandalism.
As previously reported in ARN, the Internet Industry Association has said spam now accounts for half of all global Internet email.
A spokesperson for BigPond said the service was aimed at the 1.43 million customers connected to the service. When a virus alert is issued, new patches would be loaded to servers helping to provide customers with sufficient protection.
BigPond managing director, Justin Milne, said Internet users were now highly attuned to the dangers of email-borne infections. Worms and viruses were the most common security incident reported by businesses.
“Spam is on the rise with the cost of the scourge borne by Telstra and its customers,” he said.
The service is based around a downloaded program from the BigPond network.
Milne said BigPond was cracking down on spam not only by providing users with protection but also by making it increasingly difficult for spammers to use the Telstra network to launch spam attacks and other acts of cyber vandalism.
BigPond customers would pay a fee of $2.50 per mailbox per month for each of the spam filtering and antivirus filters.
The BigPond network sends and receives 8 million messages every day.
The Commonwealth Government will introduce legislation to ban electronic junk mail (spam) from the start of 2004.
It will ban the sending of commercial electronic messaging without the prior consent of end users unless there is an existing customer-business relationship.
The ban will then be enforced through the Australian Communications Authority.