About the Project
Did you know that nearly 90% of e-mails sent every day are spam?
The largest part of those is blocked in the servers of your Internet and e-mail providers. These unwanted letters waste a notable part of server and Internet connection resources, as well as the time and resources of the user who receives many spam letters
This is precisely why there is a world-wide battle being waged with spammers. One method is to create a so-called “blacklist”. The purpose of blacklisting is to make it impossible to send e-mail from or receive it from IP addresses that are connected to a large number of unrequested letters. If an IP address is blocked by foreign servers because of Latvian spammers, the blocking service is usually provided by an e-mail server. Consequently, foreign email servers that utilise the blacklist do not accept e-mails from any user that utilises the blacklisted e-mail provider. This is why it is in the interests of both e-mail providers and users to decrease the volume of spam.
It must be taken into account that some spam letters are sent unintentionally from a certain IP address, including situations where a computer is hacked and used to send spam without its owner’s knowledge.
Latvia’s spam blacklist (MMS) has been created with the intention of blocking the IP addresses of spammers.
Latvia’s spam-blocking helps to:
- reduce the number of spam letters sent and received in Latvia;
- lessen the risk that Latvian IP addresses will be included in foreign blacklists;
- strategically respond to local botnet flare-ups;
- assist users in recognizing hacking or viruses;
- relieve communications channels between Latvia and the rest of the world.
- manually – IP addresses are added to the list by service providers associated with the project;
- automatically – e-mail service providers filter spam letters.
Latvia’s MMS e-mail servers are on the “white list”, which means they are never blocked.
Latvia’s MMS is the co-project of INBOX.LV and CERT NIC.LV, which is supported by LV-CERT – Latvia’s computer safety incident response team and interested organisation co-operation initiative group. The project’s technical and administrative functions are covered by INBOX.LV and CERT NIC.LV.