Newsgroup spam

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Newsgroup spam is a type of spam where the targets are Usenet newsgroups.wikipedia
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Spamming

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Newsgroup spam is a type of spam where the targets are Usenet newsgroups.
While the most widely recognized form of spam is email spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social spam, spam mobile apps, television advertising and file sharing spam.

Serdar Argic

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The newsgroup posting bot Serdar Argic also appeared in early 1994, posting tens of thousands of messages to various newsgroups, consisting of identical copies of a political screed relating to the Armenian Genocide.
Serdar Argic (Serdar Argić, Serdar Argıç) was the alias used in one of the first automated newsgroup spam incidents on Usenet, with the objective of denying the Armenian Genocide.

Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel

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It was posted on April 12, 1994, by Arizona lawyers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, and hawked legal representation for United States immigrants seeking papers ("green cards").
Canter and Siegel were not the first Usenet spammers.

Breidbart Index

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The prevalence of Usenet spam led to the development of the Breidbart Index as an objective measure of a message's "spamminess".
If the index exceeds a threshold the articles are called newsgroup spam.

Alt.religion.scientology

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A prominent example occurred in alt.religion.scientology.
In parallel with this, floods of articles containing excerpts of publicly available Church of Scientology material were spammed to the newsgroup.

Sporgery

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In the late 1990s, spam became used as a means of vandalising newsgroups, with malicious users committing acts of sporgery to make targeted newsgroups all but unreadable without heavily filtering.

Usenet newsgroup

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Newsgroup spam is a type of spam where the targets are Usenet newsgroups.

Email spam

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Spamming of Usenet newsgroups actually pre-dates e-mail spam.

System administrator

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The first widely recognized Usenet spam (though not the most famous) was posted on 18 January 1994 by Clarence L. Thomas IV, a sysadmin at Andrews University.

Andrews University

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The first widely recognized Usenet spam (though not the most famous) was posted on 18 January 1994 by Clarence L. Thomas IV, a sysadmin at Andrews University.

Christian fundamentalism

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Entitled "Global Alert for All: Jesus is Coming Soon", it was a fundamentalist religious tract claiming that "this world's history is coming to a climax."

Internet bot

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The newsgroup posting bot Serdar Argic also appeared in early 1994, posting tens of thousands of messages to various newsgroups, consisting of identical copies of a political screed relating to the Armenian Genocide.

Armenian Genocide

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The newsgroup posting bot Serdar Argic also appeared in early 1994, posting tens of thousands of messages to various newsgroups, consisting of identical copies of a political screed relating to the Armenian Genocide.

Immigration

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It was posted on April 12, 1994, by Arizona lawyers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, and hawked legal representation for United States immigrants seeking papers ("green cards").

Green card

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It was posted on April 12, 1994, by Arizona lawyers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, and hawked legal representation for United States immigrants seeking papers ("green cards").

Control message

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A "cancel message" is a directive to news servers to delete a posting, causing it to be inaccessible.

Censorship

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Some regarded this as a bad precedent, leaning towards censorship, while others considered it a proper use of the available tools to control the growing spam problem.

Neologism

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The word "spam" was usually taken to mean "excessive multiple posting (EMP)", and other neologisms were coined for other abuses – such as "velveeta" (from the processed cheese product of that name) for "excessive cross-posting".

Velveeta

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The word "spam" was usually taken to mean "excessive multiple posting (EMP)", and other neologisms were coined for other abuses – such as "velveeta" (from the processed cheese product of that name) for "excessive cross-posting".

The Corley Conspiracy

MI-5 Persecution
Prevalent in recent times is the MI-5 Persecution spam, which is well known across many newsgroups.

Google Groups

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The advent of the large Usenet archive kept as part of the Google Groups website, has made Usenet more attractive to spammers than ever.

Google

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The goal in this case is not just to reach the members of a newsgroup, but to also take advantage of the fact that Google gives a higher pagerank to websites that are referred to by these messages, which are catalogued and mirrored in multiple languages at Google's top-level domain.

PageRank

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The goal in this case is not just to reach the members of a newsgroup, but to also take advantage of the fact that Google gives a higher pagerank to websites that are referred to by these messages, which are catalogued and mirrored in multiple languages at Google's top-level domain.

Newsreader (Usenet)

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While most newsreaders filter the spam at either the server or user level, Google does not filter spam out of its Usenet News archive.