botnet

noun
bot·​net | \ ˈbät-ˌnet How to pronounce botnet (audio) \

Definition of botnet

: a network of computers that have been linked together by malware : a network of bots (see bot entry 3 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 Another simultaneous operation by US Cyber Command essentially hacked the botnet, sending new configuration files to its compromised computers designed to cut them off from the TrickBot operators. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The Internet’s Most Notorious Botnet Has an Alarming New Trick," 3 Dec. 2020 The blows kept the TrickBot operators scrambling to keep the botnet alive. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Advisories: “Brazen” Russian ransomware hackers target hundreds of US hospitals," 28 Oct. 2020 And the hackers behind the notorious botnet TrickBot have added malware capabilities to check if a target device's firmware is vulnerable to attack and, if so, burrow deeper for long-term persistence. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors," 5 Dec. 2020 Once infected, servers become part of a botnet that can install malware of its choice, mine cryptocurrency, steal passwords, and perform denial-of-service attacks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Oracle vulnerability that executes malicious code is under active attack," 1 Dec. 2020 Just two weeks ago, US Cyber Command, Microsoft, and a number of cybersecurity firms independently attempted to disrupt the Trickbot botnet, but the gut punch didn't keep the malware from quickly resurfacing. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave," 29 Oct. 2020 The Emotet botnet is one of the most effective email malware campaigns around. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Use this fast, free check to see if your email address is spreading spam," 7 Nov. 2020 In addition to the apparent Iranian email campaign, US officials have feared that the Trickbot botnet could be used to deploy a wave of ransomware against election targets in the weeks ahead. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election," 22 Oct. 2020 Cybersecurity experts praised Microsoft for working with a group of partners to attack the botnet. Grant Gross, Washington Examiner, "Microsoft and partners shut down major botnet," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of botnet

2003, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for botnet

bot entry 1 + net entry 1

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“Botnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botnet. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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