The term spam is older than the Internet. It is a brand name for canned meat and is composed of “SP(iced) (h)AM”. Even during the war, this meat was available in Great Britain at almost every corner and quickly became synonymous with the superfluous. In a sketch from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, the menu consists entirely of dishes with spam. In addition, there is also a beautiful song by the comedy troupe, in which the text consists almost entirely of “spam”. A modern interpretation of the origin consists in the backronym interpretations “Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages” or “Shit Posing as Messages” (crap that disguises itself as a message).
The first spam e-mail made it into the digital world in 1978. The company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), known for computer systems of the 70s and 80s such as PDP8/11 and VAX, sent an advertising e-mail to around 600 e-mail addresses. At that time, this was a quarter of all existing users of the early Internet. So, shortly after, DEC sold products from his own house for $ 12 million. This success was probably the trigger for today’s incessant spamming from all directions.
Spam has reached gigantic proportions in e-mail accounts. Over a hundred billion spam messages are sent by criminals every day. But how does spamming work and how can you protect yourself from spam?
What is a spam mail?
A spam or a junk e-mail first comes to the recipient unwanted by definition. If your email account has good security features, in most cases it will end up directly in the spam folder. A message that is sorted out by the spam filter usually has a commercial background. Spammers use different tactics. They usually send e-mail advertising, a hoax, or phishing emails.