What is a BOTNET?

wpid-botnet.jpgA BOTNET (bot·net/ˈbätˌnet/) is a network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners’ knowledge, e.g., to send spam

A Botnet may also be referred to as a zombie network, since the computers are operating on the networks behalf without the owner’s knowledge.

Criminals use botnets to send out spam email messages, spread viruses, attack computers and servers, and commit other kinds of crime and fraud. If your computer becomes part of a botnet, your computer might slow down and you might inadvertently be helping criminals.



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