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Spam blights e-mail 15 years on

Discussion in 'Email' started by gkd_uk, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Spam continues to blight e-mail exactly 15 years after the term was first coined and almost 30 years since the first spam message was sent.

    The term is thought to have been coined by Joel Furr, an administrator on the net discussion system Usenet, to refer to unsolicited bulk messages.

    More than 90% of all e-mail is spam, according to anti-spam body Spamhaus.

    "Spam is a real life arms race," said Mark Sunner, chief analyst at online security firm Message Labs.

    Billions of spam e-mails are sent each day, blocking mail servers, slowing down networks, infecting people's computers with viruses, helping hijack machines and generally making the internet a painful experience for many.

    Mr Furr told BBC News that the anniversary of his first use of the term was no cause for celebration.

    "I prefer commiseration," he said.

    Mr Furr first used the term to refer to bulk postings on discussion boards on the internet but in the years to come spam became associated with e-mail.

    "But even today there are many discussion groups that are unusable because of the amount of spamming," he said.

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