Blog: Spam spam spam

Catherine Sleep | 4 November 2004

Glad to see that the much derided spiced ham product from Hormel Foods, Spam, is to get a new ad campaign in the UK. I remember eating it as a child with no particular repulsion, although it really has got quite a negative image here. I know when friends moan about poor finances even now, they often close the conversation saying “Oh well, at least we’re not on the Spam yet, so times can’t be that hard…”.

Talking of Spam, I was delighted to see that a court in the US has handed down a hefty penalty to a brother and sister convicted of sending the other type of spam, that is to say, unsolicited emails. The chief culprit is getting a nine-year jail term.

Spam is a right pain in the neck for many, many businesses and if your product is web-based, as just-food is, you can spend an inordinate amount of time and effort combating it. And as individuals we all know what a pain it can be sifting through spam and installing spam defence systems – none of which are absolutely perfect. According to the report linked below, spam accounts for a shocking 60% of all email traffic. It’s good to see the legal system taking the problem seriously.

US duo in first spam conviction


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