bot·​net ˈbät-ˌnet How to pronounce botnet (audio)
: a network of computers that have been linked together by malware : a network of bots (see bot entry 1 sense 2b)
Criminals link hijacked personal computers together to form "botnets"—clusters of infected PCs that spammers can control from anywhere in the world.Dave Mosher

Examples of botnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laundering DDoS attack Cloudflare Virtual-machine botnets. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 July 2023 Increasing the urgency of patching the Zyxel vulnerability, researchers in June published exploit code that anyone could download and incorporate into their own botnet software. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 July 2023 Ukrainian officials confirmed that the Mirai botnet, malware commonly used in botnets during large-scale network attacks, was employed in these cyberattacks. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2022 Given the large amounts of bandwidth available to many such devices, the floods of junk traffic are often huge, giving the botnet as a whole tremendous power. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2024 Mirai and other IoT botnets have been a fact of Internet life ever since. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 The botnet generally gains access to devices through spam emails that have malicious links embedded in the messages. Robert Legare, CBS News, 29 Aug. 2023 The Fox8 botnet might have been sprawling, but its use of ChatGPT certainly wasn’t sophisticated. Will Knight, WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 Researchers also noted that Israel developed high-capacity cyber troop operations internally, using tactics like botnets and human accounts to spread pro-government, anti-opposition, and suppress anti-Israel narratives. Joan Donovan, TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


bot entry 1 + net entry 1

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of botnet was in 2003

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“Botnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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