Chinwag's Old Blog: 25 Years of Spam

Yes, that's right, the scourge of your inbox isn't a recent phenomenon. According to recent research by Brad Templeton, DEC have the dubious privilege of being the first company to have sent spam. This also pre-dates the Internet itself to a time when the network of inter-connected computers was the preserver of the academic and defence communities.

Brightmail, whose products include anti-spam technology, claim that 40% of all email sent is spam, up from only 8% in 2001. Clearly spam is a growing problem but the definition of what actually constitutes spam is still something that law makers worldwide are grappling with.