Dave the Resurrector

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Dave the Resurrector was a so-called "resurrector bot" that responded to any attempts at canceling a message on the usenet newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse by re-posting the message.[1][2] It was written by Chris Lewis.[2]

The bot is notable as one of the very first escalations in the SPAM arms race.

See also[edit]

  • Cancelbot, a process that sends out cancel messages



  • Ohm, Paul K. "ON REGULATING THE INTERNET: USENET, A CASE STUDY" (PDF). UCLA Law Review. 46: 1984. 46 UCLA L. Rev. 1941 (1998-1999). Retrieved 2010-02-20. 1984 ... technological innovations, with colorful names like Lazarus and Dave the Resurrector ... Dave the Resurrector is one of a class of computer programs called "resurrector bots." See supra note 11. These programs respond to cancel messages by reporting and reposting the canceled message. Dave the Resurrector reposts any message removed from the news.admin.net-abuse.* hierarchy. See Skirvin, supra note 33, at app. A(1). 
  • Skirvin, Tim. "Cancel Messages: Frequently Asked Questions, Part 4/4 (v1.75)". Retrieved 2010-02-20. Appendix A: Dave the Resurrector ... written and run by Chris Lewis