Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (Hardcover)

Finn Brunton

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2013-03-29
  • 售價: $1,190
  • 貴賓價: 9.8$1,166
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 296
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 026201887X
  • ISBN-13: 9780262018876
  • 相關分類: 資訊安全駭客 Hack
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The vast majority of all email sent every day is spam, a variety of idiosyncratically spelled requests to provide account information, invitations to spend money on dubious products, and pleas to send cash overseas. Most of it is caught by filters before ever reaching an in-box. Where does it come from? As Finn Brunton explains in Spam, it is produced and shaped by many different populations around the world: programmers, con artists, bots and their botmasters, pharmaceutical merchants, marketers, identity thieves, crooked bankers and their victims, cops, lawyers, network security professionals, vigilantes, and hackers. Every time we go online, we participate in the system of spam, with choices, refusals, and purchases the consequences of which we may not understand. This is a book about what spam is, how it works, and what it means. Brunton provides a cultural history that stretches from pranks on early computer networks to the construction of a global criminal infrastructure. The history of spam, Brunton shows us, is a shadow history of the Internet itself, with spam emerging as the mirror image of the online communities it targets. Brunton traces spam through three epochs: the 1970s to 1995, and the early, noncommercial computer networks that became the Internet; 1995 to 2003, with the dot-com boom, the rise of spam's entrepreneurs, and the first efforts at regulating spam; and 2003 to the present, with the war of algorithms -- spam versus anti-spam. Spam shows us how technologies, from email to search engines, are transformed by unintended consequences and adaptations, and how online communities develop and invent governance for themselves.


每天發送的電子郵件中,絕大多數都是垃圾郵件,這些郵件以各種拼寫奇特的要求提供帳戶信息、花錢購買可疑產品的邀請和向海外匯款的請求為特點。大部分垃圾郵件在到達收件箱之前就被過濾器捕獲了。它們從哪裡來?正如Finn Brunton在《垃圾郵件》一書中解釋的那樣,它是由世界各地的許多不同人群生產和塑造的:程序員、騙子、機器人及其控制者、藥品商人、營銷人員、身份盜賊、不誠實的銀行家及其受害者、警察、律師、網絡安全專家、私刑者和黑客。每次我們上網,都參與到垃圾郵件系統中,而我們的選擇、拒絕和購買可能帶來我們無法理解的後果。這本書講述了垃圾郵件是什麼,它是如何運作的,以及它的意義。Brunton提供了一個文化史,從早期計算機網絡上的惡作劇到全球犯罪基礎設施的建立。Brunton向我們展示了垃圾郵件的歷史,它是互聯網本身的一個陰影歷史,垃圾郵件成為了它所針對的在線社區的鏡像。Brunton將垃圾郵件的發展分為三個時期:1970年代至1995年,早期的非商業計算機網絡成為互聯網;1995年至2003年,隨著互聯網泡沫、垃圾郵件企業家的崛起和對垃圾郵件的首次監管努力;以及2003年至今,算法之戰——垃圾郵件對抗反垃圾郵件。《垃圾郵件》向我們展示了技術,從電子郵件到搜索引擎,如何被意外後果和適應所改變,以及在線社區如何發展和創造自己的治理方式。