Spambots are troll accounts that spam automated messages, whether it be spam, viruses, etc. Web hosts and website operators and webmasters usually respond by banning spambots (impossible to do if more than one) or using IP blockers on websites (e.g. ZB Block, Incapsula), leading to an ongoing struggle between them and the bots in which spammers find new ways to evade the bans and anti-spam programs, and hosts counteract these methods via blacklisting links/https in post titles, etc.
Usually most of these spambots connect their way by using a method of "proxy/filter avoidance", or using zombie domains/webhosts to act as proxies to get around ISP/firewall detection, where the proxy connects to a website but the only thing the ISP/firewall sees is the proxy/webhost on their side.
- YouTube was notorious for spambots that advertised survey-to-download sites via url shorteners.
- One of those spambots was nicknamed "Your Angelica", which includes other variants such as "Your Milena", "Your Girl, "Good Girl", etc. The spambot gave out malicious messages which installed an extension which is capable of messing up Google Chrome and redirecting the user to malicious websites.
- The comments section of videos uploaded by popular YouTube channels sometimes contain unverified channels of the same name the channel is using, ones that lead to websites that are actually spam sites. The way they use this is portraying themselves as the channel thanking the viewers for watching and they give a link in the comment section leading towards the site.
- In early 2014, YouTube had (and currently still has) a problem where spambots would steal other people’s videos and re-upload them on their channels while getting away with copyright infringement.
- Trap Town NCS is one of the biggest examples of this.
- Since July 2016, YouTube has had a problem where bots would frequently create infinite playlists with long titles, flooding search results.
- DeviantArt had bots flood forums with foreign-like link pages. It is pretty obvious to tell that it's one of those bots if the title is an spam link. While its rare to see spambot notes/comments, spambots appear much more often on the forums. There are also spambots that note you scams and claim to be the DeviantArt team.
- Just like DeviantArt, Kongregate has spambots in the comment section, which revolve around talking about fitness supplement deals.
- Twitter has numerous spam accounts, and many of them link to pornography and spam sites.
- Roblox is very rampant with spambots spamming groups and items, as well as sending friend requests with links to malicious "free Robux" sites that would steal one's account or infect their computer. The bots that sent friend requests were rampant during the summer of 2017 (as 'ClickMe' or 'DontClickMe'). The 2018 summer's "real name-and-number" bots were not as common as last year's bots.
- Commonly most spambots are known to originate from India or China. But, they also originate from countries like Vietnam and Russia.
- Instagram has some spambots that view your stories and like your latest post, and if you follow that spambot, they'll DM you scam links. The spambots that view your stories also have their usernames formatted like "(name)(name)(year)" and have their names (besides the usernames) as "I Like Sex" and "Look at me naked", and then they'd sometimes include emojis.
Why They're Rotten
- They are used to troll people.
- Much of the accounts can contain inappropriate content such as porn and scams.
- Sometimes, they can be used as malware attacks.
- The sites that they link can even steal your own personal information, like in Roblox.
- The bots on YouTube, Twitter, and Roblox can actually HACK USERS!
- They appear almost everywhere.
- They were created by Project Zorgo.
How To Avoid Them
The only way you can do to avoid them is to block them. That way spambots won't be able to spam on you.