botnet etymology

English word botnet comes from English bot, English net

Detailed word origin of botnet

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
bot English (eng) The larva of a botfly, which infests the skin of various mammals, producing warbles, or the nasal passage of sheep, or the stomach of horses. (computing) A piece of software designed to complete a minor but repetitive task automatically or on command, especially when operating with the appearance of a (human) user profile or account.. (science fiction, informal) A physical robot.. (video [...]
net English (eng) (by extension) A trap.. (electronics) A conductor that interconnects two or more component terminals.. (geometry) Of a polyhedron, any set of polygons joined edge to edge that, when folded along the edges between adjoining polygons so that the outer edges touch, form the polyhedron.. (sports) A framework backed by a mesh, serving as the goal in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc.. (sports, [...]
botnet English (eng) (Internet, computer security) A collection of compromised computers that is gradually built up and then unleashed as a DDOS attack or used to send very large quantities of spam.