- a network of computers created by malware and controlled remotely, without the knowledge of the users of those computers: The botnet was used primarily to send spam emails. Hackers built the botnet to carry out DDoS attacks.
Origin of botnet
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Examples from the Web for botnet
The attacks are often coordinated by a botnet, a web of compromised computers acting at the whim of the hackers behind the attack.Did Russian Authorities Shut Down Ustream?
Ben Jacobs, Anna Nemtsova
May 9, 2012
The attack was accomplished by means of a botnet, and for that I felt bad, but it was in the service of a good cause.
There are so many infected PCs on the Internet that the price of hiring an hour or two on a botnet has crashed.
- (sometimes with a capital) a network of computers infected by a program that communicates with its creator in order to send unsolicited emails, attack websites, etc
C20: from (ro) bot + net (work)
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