Meaning of botnet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɒtnɛt/


  • A network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners' knowledge, e.g. to send spam.

    ‘Subsequent monitoring and forensic testing revealed that a botnet made up of open proxies in China was responsible for the attack.’
    • ‘Maintaining a botnet detracts from time spent writing new worms and the skills are different, " Nolan says.’
    • ‘So at least this botnet is effectively down for now.’
    • ‘On the Internet, though, you can have a simple script do that, and even distribute the requests over time and over a botnet to evade lockouts.’
    • ‘The most serious current concern in the email security landscape is the rise of the 'robot-net', or 'botnet ' for short.’


1990s blend of bot and network.