Spam celebrates its 40th birthday

3 May 2018

The very first spam email was sent by Gary Thuerk to about 400 recipients on 3 May 1978 over the Internet’s predecessor, ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork). In April 2018, the daily average volume of spam was nearly 375 billion, according to Tallos. The original spam is a canned meat product and email 'spam' was named after a sketch from the Monty Python’s Flying Circus comedy programme. The use of the term spam expanded into other electronic communications since then. It is used for unsolicited communication in instant messaging, calls, social media, etc.

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Cybercrime is crime committed via the Internet and computer systems. One category of cybercrimes are those affecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and computer systems; they include: unauthorised access to computer systems, illegal interception of data transmissions, data interference (damaging, deletion, deterioration, alteration of suppression of data), system interf

Spam or unsolicited mail is sent to a wide number of Internet users. Spam is mainly used for commercial promotion. Its other uses include social activism, political campaigning, and the distribution of pornographic materials.

 

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