January 28, 2012

3.2.7 Spam

Spam

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems, particularly e-mail but including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems, to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. In general, e-mail messages you didn’t ask for, from people you don’t know are considered ‘spam’.

Spam can contain viruses or other malware, or it may try to trick the recipient to give up passwords and user names, or visit a harmful site.

Spam is not actually an acronym.

According to the Internet Society and other sources, the term spam is derived from the 1970 Spam sketch of the BBC television comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus. The sketch is set in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu includes Spam canned luncheon meat. As the waiter recites the Spam-filled menu, a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all conversations with a song repeating "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam... lovely Spam! wonderful Spam!", hence "Spamming" the dialogue.

Related Terms
SPAM – Hormel Foods Corporation, the maker of SPAM luncheon meat, has asked that the capitalized word "Spam" be reserved to refer to their product and trademark.

References:
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(electronic)

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