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First Spam Sent in 1978

Ignore non-electronic spam, such as junk postal mail. We believe the first computer-based spam was sent by Gary Thuerk, a marketeer at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978. It described a sales presentation promoting Digital’s DEC 2020 computer, and was sent to around 400 people on the ARPAnet, precursor of the internet. The actual message is... read more »