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Junkbot  
  An automated email program that specializes in sending junk mail (spam)  

I'm not sure if Sterling originated the term "junkbot" for an automated spamming program, but the label fits.

"It's pathetic … that's spam from a junk mailbot. I've seen some junkbots that are pretty sophisticated, they can generate a halfway decent ad spiel. But that stuff is pure chain-mail ware. It can't even punctuate!"
From Distraction, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Bantam Spectra in 1998
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Note that whether the spam is sophisticated or not, it's still spam.

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