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New federal anti-spam centre preparing to open: Queen's University expert

2012-01-11

Queen’s University School of Computing professor and computer security expert David Skillicorn is available to comment on the anti-spam centre the federal government is preparing to launch. The centre will crack down on illegal calls, texts and email messages that flood cellphones, inboxes and social network accounts like Facebook.

“The federal government is to be commended for trying to do something about crime involving computing and communication networks,” says Dr. Skillicorn, “but the proposed spam reporting centre, given what's been made public, has so many technical flaws that it can't possibly help. If members of the public can report actual incidents to the centre, then spammers can report fake incidents as well, so many than any hope of picking out the 'real' ones is lost. A better solution would be to use so-called honeypots, phone numbers and computers designed to be attacked so that much more sophisticated information about attacks can be collected as they are happening.”

Dr. Skillicorn heads the Smart Information Management Laboratory and his main research interest is data mining, particularly for counterterrorism and fraud.

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