Quiz: In the spammer's lair

Do you know your spam lingo? How many of these spam-related terms can you guess without peeking? Quiz yourself and find out!

Do you know your spam lingo? How many can spam-related terms can you guess without peeking? Quiz yourself and find out!

1. This is a program that automatically trolls the Internet for e-mail addresses.
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2. This is an SMTP e-mail server that allows third-party relay of e-mail messages.
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3. Spammers use this to make it look like you sent spam to yourself -- knowing that most people can't resist checking to see who else has the same name they do.
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4. This German word is used to describe an intentionally slow server that's set up to trap spammers.
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5. This is an Internet service provider that doesn't care if their members distribute spam.
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6. This is the legal term for commercial e-mail messages sent without the consent of the user.
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7. Spammers can use this technique to alter an e-mail header and make it look like the message came from just about anyone.
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8. In this type of attack, often carried out as an act of revenge against someone who's reported a spammer, the spammer sends out huge volumes of spam that appear to be from the person who reported him.
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9. This is a Web marketing term for e-mail that recipients have previously requested by signing up at a Web site or special ad banner. It is not spam. What is it?
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10. This is a text segment interjected into an e-mail address to foil a program that a spammer uses to troll the Internet seeking e-mail addresses.
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This was first published in March 2005

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