The origins of electronic mail trace to 1965, being utilized for its intended purpose without interruption until the birth of spam in 1978. In this year, Gary Thuerk erupted the digital scene by sending the first-ever spam message to 397 ARPANET users. ARPANET was essentially the foundation for how the Internet evolved. Standing for The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, it was the first network to use the TCP/IP protocol suite. Once Thuerk spammed these users, no one dared to do so again for over a decade.
Once spamming reemerged into email, it gained even more attention. Gamers dabbled in spamming to flood their rivals with junk mail that froze their systems and ultimately leaving the spammer to victory. On the other hand, the marketing professionals got their hands on spamming as well to reach a larger clientele.
As a result, spamming was now considered a major security threat; and with the help of the Warez Community, phishing took over. Although nonchalant, “phishing” was coined in 1996 on an AOL messaging board, and the rest is history. Keep reading to the infographic below for more insight on how phishing led us to the epidemic we are in today.