Semalt Expert Describes How Bots Were Born From Spam

  • October 9, 2017
  • Blog

Michael Brown, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt Digital Services, has tailored in the article some compelling facts about spam origin.

The first spam message was sent in the 1994. At that time, Laurence Canter and Margaret Siegel wrote a program that posted an advertisement for their company’s green card lottery paperwork services. They sent this message to all the Usenet News Group members, and there were over six thousands members who received this message.

Due to the unique way the message was posted, Usenet customers failed to locate the duplicate copies, and the users saw copies of the same messages in all the groups. At that time, the commercial use of internet and online resources were not common. Plus, the access to Usenet was far more expensive than the others. Lots of users felt that the commercial-seeming messages were good for nothing. They not only took up their time but also had cost a lot of money to the users.

Later on, the green card incident caught everyone’s attention. Arnt Gulbrandsen developed the concept of cancelbots, which was later compared to the content of the messages of the spam messages. Afterwards, it was forwarded to the original sender for verification. Canter and Siegel repeated the process again and again. The users could not combine the spam and failed to cancel the messages in the Usenet server. Anti-spam measures were also taken, but all in vain.

It was just the beginning of the commercial spam and Usenet spam. Before April 1994, Sedar Argic replied to a number of messages saying that he had denied the Armenian genocide. Apparently, it was not a wise decision, and things were needed to be changed by the whole.

The early form of Usenet spam was the messages that were being sent to lots of users on the internet. On the other hand, Cancelbots worked on the identical messages and tried to verify their source. Eventually, a time came when the Usenetters using the advanced technology found the solution to this problem. Russian scientist Andrey Markov invented a bot in 1913 and used a variety of pages to generate filters.

It took the spammers no time to understand that the cancelbots were stumped by adding the random junks at the end of every message. At that time, the spammers moved the Usenet to a variety of emails, ensuring that they were attacking all the European and American email IDs. More and more people dedicated themselves to figuring out the nature of spam and tried to fight the spammers online. Non-human accounts were created with the aim of researching the behavior of hackers on the internet. New technologies were developed, and various spammers were destroyed with their servers. On the other hand, the spammers figured out the problem and developed far better technologies than this. They also developed methods against the filters of Google Analytics.

For spammers, Bayesian created messages to convince the users that they are legitimate and reliable. Long and short strings of unrelated words were created, and this technique became common and widespread in no time.

In 2010, Amazon introduced the eBook store online, and its server was flooded with lots of spammers. As of now, so many techniques have been introduced to deal with a large number of spammers and hackers online.




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