Of the spam to spambot…
A spambot*, a robot whose sole purpose is the sending of spam:
Historically the first spam was sent in May 1978 by Gary Thuerk, who sent his message to almost all users of ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet, living on the west coast of the United States, or about 600 people. His goal was to send a message similar to the 600 people without having to individually so he began sending all addresses directly into the address fields. In fact, the reactions were sometimes heated and often nuanced.
The 3 methods of spamming the most common:
– About 65% of spam is sent from spambots clandestine installed on computers poorly protected hosts could be your example!
– Then 25% of spam is sent from open relays available via telnet (server sending mail inadequately protected)
– 5% of spam is sent via e-mail accounts at major providers (yahoo, google mail, hotmail …) automatically.
A survey by McAfee in 2008:
Approximately 62 billion (!!!) of spam messages were sent worldwide is equivalent to:
. 170 million spam messages per day;
. 7 million spam messages per hour;
. 120 000 spams per minute;
. 2000 spams per second.
For the record Bill Gates was the man most spammed the world with about 4 million emails a day.
The specialty spambots:
Spambots emails are responsible for raising e-mail addresses from the Net to build mailing lists for sending spam. They work the same way that spiders, exploring the Internet, but not to index sites except to collect emails from blogs or websites, forums, chats, newsgroups, …
* Contraction of the words “robot” and “spam.”