junk e-mail

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Noun1.junk e-mail - unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)junk e-mail - unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)
electronic mail, email, e-mail - (computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that can be regenerated at the recipient's terminal when the recipient logs in; "you cannot send packages by electronic mail"
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London, Jan 11 (ANI): The recent global decline in junk e-mail could be short lived, with the network of infected computers used to produce spam springing back to life after a lull of several weeks.
IF your name starts with the letters A, M, S, R or P then you're getting bombarded with more junk e-mail than anyone else in Huddersfield, it has emerged.
NeuStar (NYSE: NSR), a provider of clearinghouse and directory services, announced on Tuesday (12 August) that Spam Arrest, a company that monitors and stops automated junk e-mail, has chosen NeuStar's UltraDNS Managed DNS and Traffic Management Services to support the delivery of services to Spam Arrest's global customer base.
Worldwide, spam volumes increased as a new breed of junk e-mail called image spam bypassed traditional spam detectors and reached in-boxes.
Calling junk e-mail ("spam") and privacy on cell phones and other wireless communication devices issues that have reached the boiling point, Kutais (Trends in Internet Research, 2004) collects chapters by him and another contributor (without giving professional affiliations for either) that overview debates over these issues and responses/non-responses by the U.S.
Spam filtering firm Ironport claims that spam volumes worldwide have doubled from last year, and that junk e-mail now makes up over 90% of e-mails sent.
AOL recently unveiled plans to charge mass e-mail senders a fee in order to reduce the amount of junk e-mail generated.
The Microsoft mat will offer six sensors and will require a double-foot stamp to delete junk e-mail.
Norwegian employees are reportedly expected to spend some 2.6 million workdays in 2006 on deleting spam or junk e-mail.
Using the name spare for junk e-mail comes from a Monty Python skit in which a song containing the word was repeated many times.
E-mail users will receive and read messages the same way they always have, but without sorting through the junk e-mail to find the gems.
While end-users are getting smarter about protecting themselves from spam and its perils, some users still respond to spam, asking that spammers take them off their target lists, only to find that doing so triggers more junk e-mail. Others are not familiar enough with available antispam technologies to know if they are using them or where to find them, while still others see spire creeping onto their cell phones but have little idea how to stop it.