Understanding Botnet-driven Blog Spam: Motivations and Methods

Brandon Bevans, Bruce DeBruhl, Foaad Khosmood
Digital Humanities 2017
Montreal, Canada
August, 2017


Spam, or unsolicited commercial communication, has evolved from telemarketing schemes to a highly sophisticated and profitable black-market business. Although many users are aware that email spam is prominent, they are less aware of blog spam (Thomason, 2007). Blog spam, also known as forum spam, is spam that is posted to a public or outward facing website. Blog spam can be to accomplish many tasks that email spam is used for like posting links to a malicious executable. Blog spam can also serve some unique purposes.
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