Hoax prompts new Senate e-mail system

A new e-mail validation system in the Senate will verify that all e-mails sent from Senate.gov addresses originate from legitimate — not "cloaked" — servers, the sergeant at arms announced Wednesday.

The system was implemented this week after news outlets received a series of false press releases saying that Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyGrassley hints at changes on email privacy reform Stick to the facts on the Cuba travel ban 19 months before deadline, lawmakers draw battle lines on spying powers MORE (D-Vt.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinSenate panel advances spy policy bill, after House approves its own version Apple hires leading security expert amid encryption fight Dem slams GOP for skipping vote on 'back doors' in devices MORE (D-Calif.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Harry ReidHarry ReidReid: We're not breaking the budget deal Overnight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Overnight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes MORE (D-Nev.) had died of cancer in their homes. 

Known as "sender policy framework" (SPF), the system “allows recipients’ e-mail systems to automatically check inbound messages to validate that they originated from a server authorized for the sender’s e-mail address,” according to an e-mail from the sergeant at arms to Senate administrators. 

The e-mail recommended that news media outlets use the SPF system to verify that e-mails received from Senate.gov addresses are legitimate. 

The four hoax e-mails — now under investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police — were modeled to look like blasts from the senators’ offices. 



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