Spam filtering with sender authentication network

Dalkılıç G., Sipahi D.

COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, vol.98, pp.72-79, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.comcom.2016.12.008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.72-79
  • Keywords: Authentication, Electronic mail, Message systems, Spam, Unsolicited electronic mail, MECHANISMS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Unsolicited commercial and non-commercial e-mails occupy the Internet bandwidth redundantly, as well as the recipient's time and energy. In the fight against those spam e-mails, origin based spam filtering gained importance because of the low resource demands. Sender Policy Framework (SPF) protocol is one of the well-known origin based spam filtering techniques. In our study, Sender Authentication Network has been developed to extend the narrow utilization of the SPF technique. By analyzing the IP addresses in A and MX records, their relation with the IP address in SPF record is investigated. If the SPF record does not exist, a new one is created. After getting feedbacks from the volunteers for the false-positive and false-negative results, and applying a well-known spam filter to the contemporary dataset, we concluded that by low resource consumption, our method extracts spam e-mails faster than the present popular spam filtering methods. The results have acceptable false-positive and false-negative values. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.