Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media.
Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings. Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high. In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion. The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge.
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Kill SPAM or SPAM will kill us. Our servers quietly deal with a lot of the attacks targeted at weaknesses in the server, email, websites and individual blogs. But the sheer volume of attacks seems to be on the rise, so batting the stuff away keeps the system pretty active and affects performance. Also, there are increasingly many opportunities that can be exploited. Continue reading “Kill SPAM”