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spam

1. noun Unsolicited messages, typically advertisements, sent indiscriminately through email or text messages to large mailing lists. A: "The amount of spam I get each day is ridiculous." B: "You need to stop giving your email address to every website that asks for it!" Our antivirus software suite includes an advanced spam filter for your emails and text messages.
2. verb To send such unsolicited email or text messages. I always use a fake email address when I have to create online accounts so that my real email address doesn't get spammed. While we require your contact information in order to process your request, we promise never to spam you with any information you haven't specifically authorized us to send.
3. verb By extension, to send a large number of emails, text messages, or other similar notifications within a short amount of time, especially about the same topic. Sorry for spamming you with so many message today, but I kept thinking of extra details we should include in the report. He keeps spamming me with texts saying how much he loves me, and I don't have the heart to tell him I don't feel the same way.
4. verb In video games, to repeat the same in-game action multiple times frequently or continuously in order to achieve a particular outcome. They don't clearly mark what you can interact with, so you just walk around spamming the action button everywhere. Eventually my magic was so strong that every fight just devolved into me spamming my fireball attack again and again.

spam

1. n. something disliked, typically, but not necessarily, food. (From the brand name of a canned meat product.) I can’t eat this “spam.” It could be spoiled.
2. n. one or a series of uninvited email messages advertising money-making schemes, pornography, or sales of any kind. If I don’t recognize the sender, I assume the message is spam and I delete it.
3. tv. to clutter or fill someone’s email account with spam (sense 2). Some jerk is spamming me with an advertisement for dirty pictures.
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He wants the agency to take aim at the worst offenders, a group of about 250 "kingpin spammers" who send out millions of unwanted e-mails a day.
There are also some online businesses, although they are usually small, that sell e-mail addresses to spammers.
Of course, the real spammers are likely to stay one step ahead though some in the industry believe this is only a mediumterm situation.
When notorious spammer Alan Ralsky boasted about his brand new $740,000 home in the pages of his local newspaper, he probably did not expect to be tracked down and given a taste of his own medicine.
Conversely, e-mail spammers do nor incur any cost when they mass e-mail a large database of e-mail addresses.
There's only one way to defeat spammers and it's a simple solution.
* Take meaningful action to stop spammers. Filter their messages or their sites.
The law authorizes ISPs and individuals to sue spammers for $10 per message.
Spammers soon develop techniques to bypass the technical solutions, and their messages will begin to re-appear amongst your e-mail regardless of the software used.
Some folks suggest not posting to newsgroups or mailing lists - from which spammers often cull addresses, but this throws out the baby with the bathwater.
Spammers have previously made big leaps in either misrepresenting facts or just using this feature for their own benefit.
India's dubious top spot was attributed to lack of awareness about Internet security and anti-spam laws, which had effectively given spammers free reign, she added.
Written from the perspective of a spammer, it is a first-person account of the technology used in spamming.
The initiative should really be called 'Nuke the Spammer', but I guess 'Make Love Not Spam' is better PR.
YouMail determines the likelihood that a given number is an unwanted spammer based on data collected from over 5 billion calls it has processed for users of its intelligent call management services.