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spambot

A program (spider, bot, crawler) on the Internet that gathers email addresses to send spam to. There are countless email addresses on website "contact us" pages as well as on blogs and newsgroups. Since they are typically coded in the "mailto" format, which when clicked, causes the address to open an email message window, they are easily located (see mailto:).

Preventative Measures
In order to prevent a spambot from automatically identifying an email address, some websites print the address as text and not a clickable mailto: link. Another maneuver is to spell out the symbols with the words "at" and "dot;" for example, "joe at computerlanguage dot com." This requires the user to correct the address by inserting the @ sign and period before sending. A more elaborate approach is to make the address really obtuse (see email obfuscator). See spam, form spam and bot.
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We confuse spambots for humans, and humans for spambots.
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In some quarters, it has become a war of fake blogs, spambots, and astroturfing (meaning, to set up anonymous accounts that create positive posts or respond to negative posts on a third-party site), and in some extreme cases, extortion.
"I'd done something for the Guardian about how much I hated spambots (computer programs which automatically troll web pages and harvest email addresses at which to send unsolicited email) and I suppose they did it to punish me.
For anyone running a blog, it has become difficult and extremely time consuming to delete the thousands of almost genuine sounding comments coming in from Spambots. It's small wonder that Popular Science magazine decided to disable comments from its blog last year.
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It says there are too many "trolls and spambots." So, the magazine has taken the single most effective anti-troll, anti-spambot counter-measure: It's closed down its comments.
* GOP Congressman: Obama Using Twitter Spambots to Push Gun Control (National Review): "Congressman Steve Stockman (R., Texas) accused President Obama's gun-control campaign of using Twitter bots to flood Republican lawmakers and give the illusion of widespread support for the president.
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