The definition of spam when applied to e-mail is Unsolicited Bulk E-mail (UCE),
e-mail that has been sent in bulk to recipients who have not given permission
for the message to be sent to them. Spam is also known as junk e-mail.
Spamming is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message to
multiple addresses. Spam messages are almost always commercial or fraudulent
messages, and are quite often sent with false return address information.
A rapidly growing form of spam is what is known as a Phishing scam. These are
messages sent in bulk to a random list of people, claiming to be from a company
they may trust – such as a bank or e-bay. These Phishing e-mails will look
absolutely genuine to even the most experience Internet user, but will in fact
be linking through to a fraudsters website with the aim of stealing personal
information from you.
Spammers quite often fake the “From” address of a message, that way the message
will not be returned to them in the case of any problems.
Combating spam can be very difficult. Spammers often use networks of computer
in foreign countries to avoid local anti-spam laws, or even make use of
hijacked networks of computers that have been infected with virus or Trojans.
These hijacked computers are known as a "Bot-Net"... a network of hundreds or
even thousands of computers that are under the control of a hacker. A hacker who
controls such a "Bot-Net" will rent time on these computers to the spammers who
then use them to send out millions of spam messages.
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