Stacheldraht botnet diagram showing a DDoS attack. A bitcoin mining pool bot net wiki is a number of Internet-connected devices, each of which is running one or more bots.
A botnet is a logical collection of internet-connected devices such as computers, smartphones or IoT devices whose security has been breached and control ceded to a third party. Botnets are increasingly rented out by cyber criminals as commodities for a variety of purposes. Botnet architecture has evolved over time in an effort to evade detection and disruption. Typically, these botnets operate through Internet Relay Chat networks, domains, or websites.