Spam spam spam and more spam, where does it come from?

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Spam Spam Spam and Spam… the only encounter I had of that phrase in past years was the famous Monty Python sketch (I have added the video below for fun and for those of you who have never seen it).


What does SPAM stand for apart from the random acronyms listed below, courtesy of Well actually it does not stand for anything per say, its not actually an acronym. Its a slang name used for unsolicited commercial email or junk mail to me and you.

Acronym Definition
SPAM  Spiced Ham (Hormel canned pork developed in 1937)
SPAM [not an acronym] written spam — slang name for Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE; junk/bulk email)
Stop Pornography and Abusive Marketing Act
Space Planning and Management (University of Missouri – Columbia)
State Police Association of Massachusetts
Society for the Publication of American Music
Survey Processing and Management
Spectral Processing and Manipulation (Ocean Optics)
Search Pattern Assessment Model
Society of Properties Artisan Managers
Schools of the Pacific Atmospheric Monitoring
Society for the Preservation of Amplitude Modulation
Shelter, Portable, Air Mobile
Shelter, Protective, Aircraft Maintenance
Some Place Around Montana / Missouri / Massachusetts / Mississippi / Maine 🙂
SGML Parser Add Markup
Slant Path Attenuation Model (antennas)
Singing Produces Awesome Miracles (Lansing, MI school choir)
Strike Package and Associated Messages (tactical Tomahawk weapon control system)
Service Provisioning and Account Management
Scanning Photo-Acoustic Microscopy
Society for Palmtop Advancement through Meetings (San Francisco, CA)
Student Peer Abstinence Movement (Montana)
Shoulder of Pork & Ham (Hormel canned pork developed in 1937)
Solar Powered Area Monitor

In today’s world of high speed Internet and communications, Spam has become the word people shudder to think about. It has become the one single factor that makes the worlds greatest ever technological breakthrough a misery. Millions of hours wasted, shocking content, viral infected files and total inconvenience on a global level has given the word Spam a totally new meaning.

Apart from all the huge inconvenience caused, Spam is also the major transporter of virus’s which can easily infect and therefore take control of your computer for other cyber crimes such as DDOS attacks, whereby companies are targeted by criminals who extort money by threatening to take down there websites with these attacks. Websites are bombarded by hits which the hackers can control via infected computers from all around the world, causing a bandwidth overflow on the website which eventually will render it unusable. These things are kept very quite for obvious reasons since the large companies that rely on regular and often very large revenues are prepared to pay the attackers rather than have there website go down. To read more about this and watch the demonstration on how easy these cyber crimes are instigated, you can visit the BBC page article HERE.

What can we do to limit the amount of spam we receive? not too much I’m afraid. Unless you have a huge budget to install very expensive hardware and software programs that can reduce the burden somewhat, but even these are soon bypassed by the clever tack ticks used by the criminals. Most hosting companies also spend huge amounts of money trying to combat the Spammers, but as you will probably know yourself they too are struggling to keep this under control.

To date, the best catcher of spam that I have come across and use myself to relay only genuine messages to my iPhone is Gmail and it’s totally free! We have our own Microsoft Exchange server in our office and although we have Spam blocking software which blocks around 300 – 400 messages a day, I personally still have over 50 or more spams coming into my inbox every day. Sifting through what is genuine email and what is rubbish is the most annoying thing. The other determining factor as to why some companies receive more Spam than others is the age of their domain name. The older the domain name the greater the chance of your email addresses being lifted from your website or by other means, and being added to the hackers databases which are passed around the cyber underworld of these dark organisations.

After all this here is famous Spam Spam Spam Monty Python sketch to cheer you up!


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