The First SPAM Spreader on the Internet: Gary ThuerkMay 16th, 2011 | By wownesia | Category: Technology
Gary Thuerk, Marketing Manager of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), an American computer company, on May 3, 1978 want to broadcast the news about the premiere sales of the latest computer of his company in Los Angeles and San Mateo, California.
Upon the knowledge of Carl Gartley, the owner who borrowed Thuerk an email account, he sent the first spam to the computer network on a number of universities and government agencies that known as the ARPAnet, which is the ancestor of the Internet network. At that time, there are thousands of people who connect to the network ARPAnet, and most of them are computer scientists.
Thuerk himself intended to send an invitations email to all 400 members of the ARPAnet which live in coastal western United States. However, instead of sending an email to each member one by one, as is standard procedure when it was, he decided to send justone email to all 400 people.
Suddenly, the steps was taken by Thuerk sparked the emotion of the scientific community who joined in the ARPAnet network. However, Thuerk efforts the produced results, a number of victims that he send ’the world’s first spam’ was eventually buy products that are sold in his company. In fact, quoted by Computer World, May 6, 2011, the sale due to that spam reaches the value of 13 to 14 million U.S. dollars.
‘Crimes’ by Thuerk was immortalized in a show on CBC television network titled ”SPAM:The Documentary.” In addition, ‘innovation’ made by Thuerk also makes recorded in the Guinness World Records as the father of spammers.