30 Years Of Spam Emails – Spam’s 30th Anniversary

May 5, 2008

Saturday May 3rd, 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of spam email. It has been 30 years since a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) employee named Gary Thuerk, broadcasted the first unsolicited advertising message that announced the release of a new product to the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). ARPANET was the world’s first operational packet switching network which laid the foundation for today’s internet.

Most people now days refer to “spam” or “spamming” as an action of sending vast amounts of unsolicited email messages. Spam is also well known as a canned meat mainly sold by Hormel Foods Corporation which may be something just as unwanted as a spam email message.

The terminology for an unsolicited email message was not called Spam until 1994 and before then we are sure it had more of a nerd techie type of description that may have not set well with the recipients of spam email. The first deliberate corporate sending of spam emails was sent in the form of advertising by a law firm in 1994. They sent a mass emailing message to over 6,000 recipients. Talking about old-school.

With the modern world of spam today we face a multitude of received spam messages from all kinds of senders. Spam is an increasing issue that affects everyone with an email address. Many people ask if we need the government to step in and take action because of the rate that spam is becoming out-of-control.

For now we can only run our spam protection programs and keep our anti-virus and anti-spyware programs up-to-date to ward off any attacks through spam messages. 30 years a long time go through any type of plague and the “spam plague” is still spreading like wild fire even after 3 decades.

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