Origin of the term "spam" to mean net abuse
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(This is an interesting time for spammiversaries. March 31st, 2003 marks the10th anniversary of the term Spam being applied to a USENET post, and May 3rdmarks the 25th anniversary of the earliest documented E-mail spam.)
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But E-mail spam caused even more harm, in a way. Records show peoplequickly started talking about email spams not long after the term becamepopular for USENET spam. As E-mail spam grew, it became apparentthat many mailings were being generated to anybody who had posted toa USENET newsgroup. Programs were "harvesting" the addresses from messagesto make mailing lists and send junk mail to them.