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  • pharming

    Pharming is a scamming practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent. 

  • spam trap

    A spam trap is the inclusion of an option in an online form that is preselected by default with the expectation that the user will fail to notice the option. 

  • spoof

    Spoof was a game involving trickery and nonsense that was invented by an English comedian, Arthur Roberts, prior to 1884, when it is recorded as having been "revived. 

  • spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail)

    A spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail) is the use of several different technologies in combination to successfully identify and minimize spam. The use of multiple mechanisms increases the accuracy of spam identification and reduces the number of fal... 

  • mail bomb

    A mail bomb is the sending of a massive amount of e-mail to a specific person or system. 

  • munging

    Munging is the deliberate alteration of an e-mail address on a Web page to hide the address from spambot programs that scour the Internet for e-mail addresses. 

  • Joe job

    A Joe job is an e-mail spoofing exploit in which someone sends out huge volumes of spam that appear to be from someone other than the actual source. 

  • challenge-response system

    A challenge-response system is a program that replies to an e-mail message from an unknown sender by subjecting the sender to a test (called a CAPTCHA) designed to differentiate humans from automated senders. 

  • email spoofing

    E-mail spoofing is the forgery of an e-mail header so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source. 

  • Should a rise in text message spam be expected?

    According to a Ferris Research study, consumers this year are expected to receive a total of about 1 billion cell phone spam messages. Yet, compared to other countries, text message spam hasn't hit the United States very hard. In this SearchSecurity....