Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 17 2009   6:17PM GMT

Overheard – Backscatter spam

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Sending spam, or hiring someone to send it for you, is illegal in many countries, including the U.S., where it violates the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Using false or misleading header information is also a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act, but since the spammer has already decided to break the law by sending the spam in the first place, adding the crime of email address forging is trivial.

Michael Cobb, Why is backscatter spam so difficult to block?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is backscatter spam.

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