Future and history of Spam
The first spam was reported in 1898 by the New York Times, in reference to unsolicited messages that were circulated at the time.
Spam is the term used for unwanted messages that filter into your inboxes. Spam can be in the form of an advertisement, for phishing, or as malware. The messages are sent to a large number of people collectively. Many users are tricked into spending money or revealing their personal details by falling into the spam trap.
But now there are ways to stop those spam mails. Email spam "detection algorithms" are accurate approximately 98 per cent of the time but are getting smarter with improving technology, even as new types of spam find their way into our inboxes. Hundreds of people still get duped by clicking in the spam links and revealing confidential or personal information. But lets get to where it all started:
History of Spam
The term 'spam' was formulated in 1994. It was inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch where the actor repeatedly pronounces "SPAM! SPAM! SPAM!'' Now, it indicates internet slang that refers to unsolicited commercial email (UCE). There are various types of spam but the most common is email spam.
The first spam was reported in 1898 by the New York Times, in reference to unsolicited messages that were circulated at the time. The first email spam occurred in 1979. Digital Equipment Corporation circulated messages to 400 users of ARPANET. ARPANET is the precursor network of the modern internet.
Future of spam
With fake images and videos (deepfakes) becoming more common, it is expected to be difficult to filter spam in the future. Emilio Ferrara, a USC research assistant professor in computer science says that, "The fight against spam is a constant arms race; scams not only exploit technical vulnerabilities, they exploit human ones."
He talks about social media bots that automatically produce content and interact with humans and other posts. These bots are responsible for the manipulation of political discussions, spreading conspiracy theories, and fake news. Ferrara believes that in future "Deepfake technologies could be abused by well-resourced spammers to create AIs pretending to be human."
Currently, billions of spam emails are sent every day. Last year, Facebook deleted 1.23 billion spam posts in 2018's third quarter.