Stopping Spam

  • Joshua Goodman
  • David Heckerman
  • Robert Rounthwaite

Scientific American | , Vol 292: pp. 42-49

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In 1978 the first spam e-mail—a plug from a marketing representative at Digital Equipment Corporation for the new Decsystem-20 computer—was dispatched to about 400 people on the Arpanet. Today junk correspondence in the form of unwanted commercial solicitations constitutes more than two thirds of all e-mail transmitted over the Internet, accounting for billions of messages every day.