Date Added: Aug 2010
The magnitude of the spam problem has not gone unnoticed by the US government. In 2003, the United States government drafted the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act to address the issue. CAN-SPAM provided guidelines on unsolicited email practices and specified how unsolicited email could be sent legally. Unfortunately, compliance has been extremely low; therefore, the act has had virtually no effect on lowering the volume of spam. One type of spam that represents a significant threat to individuals and companies alike is phishing spam. Phishing is an attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information by appearing to represent a trustworthy entity.