Software from fledgling Danish software development company Solido Systems has scooped the prize as the world's best spam filter at the annual Conference on Email and Anti-Spam, CEAS 2008, which was held from August 21-22 at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley, California, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen.
CEAS was founded by Microsoft and IBM and is attended by industry-leading security suppliers and research scientists.
The CEAs 2008 Spam Filter Challenge took place over 72 hours from August 5-8. The spam filters in the competition were exposed to 110,579 spam mails and 27,125 benign emails. Solido Systems' anti-spam software filtered 99.9% of the spam.
Christer Hasse, founder and director of Solido Systems, told Computerworld: "It gives us an amazing opportunity to gain entry to a number of major companies in Denmark and can also be the crucial door opener on the American market."
Hasse also commented to Børsen: "Spam is a major problem and costs the European labour market more than EUR 50bn (USD 73.8bn) annually in lost earnings. In addition, spam is a large source of irritation among staff and IT people and represents a security risk when viruses and Trojan horses* are circulated as spam mails to millions of users."
The adjudicating panel at the CEASs 2008 Spam Filter Challenge was composed of security experts from IBM and Microsoft, as well as a group of university volunteers.
*software that purports to have beneficial functions but actually performs hidden, malicious functions – Ed.