This paper is a somewhat lighthearted look at the origin and proliferation of spam and its mutation from mere annoyance to serious security threat. Many laws have been proposed, but very few have actually passed both House and Senate and none have been effective in any way. Spammers, like criminals, can be profiled and share common traits. There are countless approaches to solving the spam problem, and no one solution fits every situation. While spam will never be eliminated entirely, an industry standard form of authentication likely holds the key to a nearly “spam-free” future.
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