A sorcerer hypnotizes a whole village.
During the day, everyone is their normal self. But when evening comes, the sorcerer orders the villagers to attack neighboring communities, loot shops, and destroy properties.
A botnet, or robot network, can be compared to this army of enslaved villagers. They used to be good computers until they were infected by a hacker. Since then, they would be called upon to act as one mind in carrying out the whims of the botmaster.
Botnets are used to launch spam, shut down websites, or spread fake news to influence public opinion. They use their overwhelming numbers to do lots of damage, making them a favorite of cybercriminals.
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