SPF and DMARC use on GOV domains in different ccTLDs, (Fri, Dec 30th)

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Although e-mail is one of the cornerstones of modern interpersonal communication, its underlying Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is far from what we might call “robust” or “secure”[1]. By itself, the protocol lacks any security features related to ensuring (among other factors) integrity or authenticity of transferred data or the identity of their sender, and creating a “spoofed” e-mail is therefore quite easy. This poses a significant issue, especially when one considers that most ordinary people don’t tend to question the validity of officially looking messages if it appears that they were sent from a respectable/well-known domain.

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