Apple patent application reveals system to stop, track down email spammers

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a system that thwarts spam mail by automatically generating and handling ‘disposable’ email addresses, all while being transparent to the end user,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“According to Apple’s patent filing, suitably titled ‘Disposable email address generation and mapping to a regular email account,’ the integrated system would work at the server level to act as a screen for incoming spam mail,” Campbell reports. “Further, these generated email accounts can be intelligently tagged with contextual clues to help users track down the source responsible for handing off the address to a spam provider.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. Since 1998:

    I’m a paying member. I turn in every piece of spam I get. It’s the reason I get less than 1 spam rat attack per day, on average. SpamCop not only provides a publicly available blacklist (which is incorporated into most anti-spam applications) but directly pesters the related ISPs to shut down the offending spam rat accounts. Boot: Meet balls.

  2. The next time killer we need to get rid of is the Windows O/S. What a cluster that is. Say goodby to bloatware, virus’s, Trojans, Spam and unproductive work. THANK YOU APPLE!

  3. Bummer to hear they patented this, which means they have zero resources devoted to working on it and that it will never, ever see the light of day, like every patent application reported on MacDailyNews.

  4. I’m currently doing the same thing on my co-located server space. My mail account there accepts any address of the form [random]@[], where [] is my domain name, and [random] is any username I want to use. So if I need to create an account at a website called I can use spamleadsource@[]. I also run procmail on that server, so I can route anything to the user “spamleadsource” to my spam box for later review, my inbox, where my mail client can find it, or route it directly to dev/null, the Unix equivalent of a black hole. Works like a charm. I visit the spam box about once a month and decide how to modify procmail, which spam servers to block, etc.

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