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A botnet is a group of computers infected with malware and controlled by the same malicious hacker. It is used to carry out attacks like DDoS, spam, crypto mining, and stealing private data. Hackers build botnets to make money and to wreak havoc on the internet.

Once infected with the bot, each device (zombie computer) becomes part of the attack network and begins carrying out commands from a command-and-control center (C&C). Traditionally, C&C server-based models were the most common. These centralized models were easy for law enforcement officials to shut down by identifying and locating the server and cutting it off. This led to hackers developing more decentralized systems. The newer decentralized approach uses a peer-to-peer (P2P) model where the responsibility for delivering instructions is embedded in each of the hijacked devices. This obfuscates the identity of the bot herder, making it more difficult to identify and shut down.

Regardless of the type of botnet, it is important for people to recognize the signs of infection so that they can take action to prevent the spread of malware. Users should avoid clicking links from unknown senders, download software without checking its reputation or security credentials, and use a trusted antivirus solution.

The devices that can be infiltrated as bots vary, but include everything from traditional desktops and laptops to smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles, routers, IoT devices, and even power plants and utility grids. The bots themselves can be created using a variety of methods, from stolen passwords to brute-force attempts, but they all have one thing in common: the malware is often installed by the user without their knowledge.