Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam,
Why Does Spam Exist?
Likewise, some people truly enjoy reading
e-mail even if it is for products or services they do not want or
need. The truth is that most people do not like 99% of the e-mail
they receive on a daily basis. For them, wading through spam is a
waste of time and increases their risk of becoming the victim of a
scam or being infected with a computer virus. The following section
presents ideas on how the war against spam can be waged.
So, assuming a person considers themselves to
be one who is among the vast majority of people who detest spam,
then what can be done to prevent it? Some common spam fighting
techniques are presented in the following section.
Many people have experienced the difficulty of
wading through a deep quagmire of e-mail messages to find the one
message that really matters. Unfortunately, the volume of spam
alone has caused many to miss those few important messages. This
has become a serious problem for the e-mail user. So what does one
do to rectify this ever-growing problem?
Back in the ancient Internet days of the late
1980’s, many computer users fought back. One user suffered
considerable indignation when he received his first unsolicited
message, and since most Internet users were technically savvy back
then, he decided to retaliate.
There were no Internet laws back then, and this
user would respond by fighting spam with spam. He developed a tiny
script he called “spamboy.” He would use this script to respond to
unwanted spam. The script sent the message “The seeds of greed bear
bitter fruit” one million times to the person who sent him the
spam. This would clog their e-mail server and make their systems
administrator very angry.
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