spambot

[ spam-bot ]
/ ˈspæmˌbɒt /

noun Computers.

a device or program that automates widespread distribution of unwanted promotional content or other spam, as by crawling the internet for email addresses to target or by anonymously posting in forums and comment sections of web pages.

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Origin of spambot

First recorded in 1990–95; spam (in the sense “disruptive online messages, usually commercial”) + bot1
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