Email spam

Spamming (also known to spam) is sending large quantities of unsolicited (usually commercial). Can be implemented through any media, but most used the Internet, through e-mail.


The main purpose of spam is advertising, whose object can go from the most common marketing offers proposals for the sale of pornographic material or illegal, such as pirated software and prescription medication, to discuss projects in real financial scams. A spammer that the individual author of the spam messages, send identical messages (or any personalization) to thousands of email addresses. These addresses are often collected automatically by the network (Usenet articles, web pages) by spambots and special programs, obtained from databases or simply guessed by using lists of common names.

By definition, spam is sent without the permission of the recipient and is widely considered unacceptable behavior by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the majority of Internet users. While they find spam annoying and often offensive content, ISPs also are opposed to the cost of sending traffic indiscriminately.

Polls have indicated that today, spam is considered one of the biggest annoyances of the Internet to send these messages constitute a breach of contract "AUP (acceptable use behavior) of many ISPs and therefore can lead interruption of the subscription (account) of the sender. A large number of spammers intentionally use fraud to send messages, such as using false personal information (such as names, addresses, phone numbers) available to establish accounts at various ISPs. To do this demographic information is used false or stolen in order to further reduce their costs. This allows you to move quickly from one account to another as soon as it is discovered and deactivated by the ISP. Spammers use software designed to comply with Internet connections unsafe, which can easily be diverted to enter the spam directly into the lens with your ISP connection. This makes it difficult to identify where the spammer's ISP and the victim is often subject to harsh reactions and reprisals by activists trying to stop the spammers. Both these forms of spam "hidden" are illegal, yet they are rarely prosecuted for using such tactics.

Senders of e-mails state that they do not spam. What type of activity constitutes spam is a matter of debate, and definitions differ depending on the purpose for which it is defined not only by different laws. Spam is considered a crime in various countries and in Italy to send unsolicited mail is subject to penalties.