Spam is the generic term used to denote all fraudulent or phony email or Internet paraphernalia used to sway a user in to giving up their money, buy a service, or otherwise take part in an activity for which they don't necessarily opt in. Some spam is simply unsolicited commercial email (UCE) and considered a nuisance. Other spam is harmful and malicious, such as that generated by social engineers
, which may contain a virus
used to compromise a person, network, or organization.
Last updated Thursday, 05-Apr-2012 12:16:52 MDT