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A macro is, generally, a small program or script intended to automate repetitive or long tasks.

Macros can, and have, been used to accumulate money or resources in online games, including MMORPGs, even though these programs are forbidden in the Terms of Service of those games, and being caught using macros frequently results in a permanent ban, depending on the game. Some bots in MMORPGs are even paid for using stolen credit card numbers, which is against the law.