The Electronic Version
Ever wonder where all the spam that floods email inboxes every day comes from? Turns out to be different than expected, at least as far as your author is concerned. According to the fine folks at Statista, China tops the list. During 2018, China produced nearly 12% of all worldwide spam. 11.69% for those wanting a more precise measurement.
Taking the silver was the United States, tallying 9.04% of the total. And claiming the last spot on the podium with a bronze performance was Germany with 7.17% of the total. These numbers support one premise, spam isn’t always related to the size of the population. Further support for this thought comes from India who finished 6th with 4.77% and Russia in 7th with 4.29%.
According to the article, the good news is that total spam traffic was down in 2018. According to estimates, total spam dropped 4%. That may not sound like much, but it probably translates into several billion emails that did not choke off bandwidth and flood unsuspecting inboxes.
The Original and Still King Version
If you wonder where most of the original Spam comes from, we have that answer as well. It comes from the sleepy little city of Austin in the State of Minnesota. Austin, MN is also known as Spam Town USA. Hormel Foods Corporation gets the honor for introducing the original, and still champion, Spam. Yes, it is true, Spam has been with us since 1937.
The real Spam is manufactured in Austin, MN, and Freemont, NE. Like the electronic form, real Spam has a wide distribution. Today, the product is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents and is trademarked in more than 100 countries. Tinned meat is a popular item around the world it would seem.
So, why is the processed meat product associated with unwanted electronic communications today? It's hard to say, but over its history, Spam earned a variety of nicknames including mystery meat. According to the Wikipedia entry for Spam, it was the use of the product in a Monty Python sketch that launched it into pop culture and eventually to tag unwanted communications of any type.
Spam is also used as a verb in pop culture. The expression, “I’ll give you my email but do not spam me.” If can also be adapted to describe people who send spam as spammers. Language is a beautiful thing.
Spam is a fact of our electronic life and is something unavoidable unless you move to a cabin in the woods without phones or internet. Spam can also carry malware and other cyber-nasties, so it pays to treat all spam with suspicion. Your identity and personal information are at stake.
Our goal here at Skudo is to protect data in all its forms to make the world a safer place. Using a unique recipe of open source encryption software and our custom hardware, we can make it nearly impossible to decrypt data whether it is in an email, text, industrial command, and control network, wirelessly to cars, or traveling over a network.
Its true you can’t evade electronic spam. On the other hand, you have complete control over the edible form. Try it if you like, its really not that bad.