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Bots to automate features
Date: June 30, 2007 09:12PM

While this isn't really related to spamming, it's the same question someone interested in learning about spam would ask, so I thought it fit.

I want to write a bot that automates actions but I'm not sure where to begin. I know some basic PHP, like how to open web pages, spider/extract strings, and write output based on it. I'm not really advanced but it seems I might not need to be for a bot, if it can be done through refreshing and re-outputting each time. Is that how it's done? I actually don't know if I use Javascript or a server-side language for a bot, or even either. I'm running Windows XP. Is there just a program that runs for XP and makes HTTP requests in place of a browser?

Thanks.

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Re: Bots to automate features
Date: June 30, 2007 10:20PM

Welcome to R.A.D.: Rapid Application Development. Pick up a book, or tutorials, on any of the .NET languages such as Visual Basic 2005, and within a short time you should be able to write a functional site-raping program. It was slightly more complicated with Visual Basic 6, but I had written a program capable of massively registering usernames on a forum service, and then loading them all up at once to spam the ever-living shit out of it. Needless to say I was hit with a "Cease And Desist" order probably a few months later when it got out of hand, and all third-party applications were banned from the service because of me.
I won't lie, because it was incredibly fun to write, and more fun to use, but make sure you have a heavy disclaimer on your program, and where it's hosted. I'd also recommend you don't actually use the services in the event they decide to personally contact you. As I said though pick up one of the .NET languages, and you'll be on your way.


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Re: Bots to automate features
Date: July 03, 2007 07:51PM

lulz, funny post. It entertained me. Nah, I'm not looking to spam or rape a site. I just wanted to send automatic friend requests on a video website to help spread videos. It sounds like a fun challenge. I'd actually talk to the people if once they accepted the request. Thanks for the information.

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Re: Bots to automate features
Posted by: rsnake
Date: July 11, 2007 07:33PM

"I know some basic PHP, like how to open web pages, spider/extract strings, and write output based on it. I'm not really advanced but it seems I might not need to be for a bot, if it can be done through refreshing and re-outputting each time. Is that how it's done?" - Yes, that's almost exactly how to do it - just build in state management for cookies and some logging and you have yourself a bot.

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