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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.
Contemporary Examples

Did Russian Authorities Shut Down Ustream? Ben Jacobs, Anna Nemtsova May 8, 2012

Historical Examples

Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Little Brother Cory Doctorow

(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


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