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NCJ Number: 210241 Find in a Library
Title: Spam: Nuisance or Menance, Prevention or Cure?
Author(s): Rob McCusker
Date Published: March 2005
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 642 53875 1
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the increased use of spam or unsolicited commercial e-mail, its impact on crime, and measures to prevent spam.
Abstract: Spam is an electronic version of “junk mail” posted on the Internet through e-mail. However, the volume and intrusion of spam is much greater and the avoidance is extremely difficult. While the majority of spam concerns legitimate products, entrepreneurial criminals recognized quite rapidly the potential of spam for the facilitation of established crimes. Some of these crimes consist of business opportunities, chain letters, health and diet scams, and get-rich quick schemes. Any strategy to mitigate the impact of spam needs to be holistic in nature and consider the route by which spam is disseminated and the actors participating in the process. This paper discusses the increasing sophistication of the techniques used to obtain e-mail addresses, and outlines and critiques a selection of legislation that attempts to reduce or remove spam. It examines a range of measures in the prevention of spam.
Main Term(s): Computer related crime
Index Term(s): Computer abuse; Computer privacy and security; Computer viruses; Computers; White collar crime
Note: AIC Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 294, March 2005.
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