What Is a Botnet?

June 26, 2023

A botnet is a network of malware-infected devices (so-called bots or zombies) under the control of a hacker (the botmaster or bot herder). A botmaster controls every bot in the botnet remotely and can direct the infected devices to perform tasks collectively (e.g., launch a DDoS attack or send spam emails).

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