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In computing, email spam refers to any unsolicited electronic mails received by an individual in his mailbox. It is also known as junk email. Clicking on links in spam email may send users to phishing websites or sites that are hosting malware. Furthermore, they may contain viruses as scripts or other executable file attachments. The term spam comes from a Monty Python sketch, where the name of the canned pork product Spam is repetive, all-over, and unescapable. Nowadays, spam mails represent almost 90% of the total email traffic. Most of them are sent automatically to the Junk or Spam folder from the mailbox.
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