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botnet

[bot-net] /ˈbɒtˌnɛt/
noun
1.
a network of computers created by malware and controlled remotely, without the knowledge of the users of those computers: The botnet was used primarily to send spam emails.
Hackers built the botnet to carry out DDoS attacks.
Origin of botnet
1990-1995
1990-95 in earlier sense “a network of bots”; bot3 + net(work)
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  • The attack was accomplished by means of a botnet, and for that I felt bad, but it was in the service of a good cause.

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  • There are so many infected PCs on the Internet that the price of hiring an hour or two on a botnet has crashed.

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British Dictionary definitions for botnet

botnet

/ˈbɒtˌnɛt/
noun
1.
(sometimes with a capital) a network of computers infected by a program that communicates with its creator in order to send unsolicited emails, attack websites, etc
Word Origin
C20: from (ro)bot + net(work)
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