Spam email is the common name for “unsolicited bulk email.” It is one of the cybernuisances we have to put up with everyday. Spam email does not just waste resources; it also poses a serious security threat. There are two types of spam email: unsolicited commercial email and email used as a delivery agent for malware (malicious software). The former uses email for commercial advertisement purposes, including illegal commercial activities. Dealing with it costs staff time and IT resources. The latter has a more sinister intention. Any type of malware, be it virus, worm, or spyware, has to find a way to infect host computers. An easy and effective way to deliver malware is through unsolicited bulk email. In the last couple of years, several high profile and successful virus/worm attacks were delivered via unsolicited bulk email—for example, LoveBug, Slammer, etc.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Communication Systes and Electrial Engineering|
|Editors||Xu Huang, Yuh-Shyan Chen, Sio-long Ao|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|