A “bot” is a type of malware that allows an attacker to take control of an affected computer during a DoS/DDoS attack. A network of these infected machines is a “botnet,” and can grow to include victim computers across the globe. And it’s not just computers that are at risk.
The Internet of Things (IoT)—a term used to describe any devices connecting to the internet that aren’t primarily computers, from hydroelectric turbines and industrial sensors to home thermostats, kitchen appliances, and medical device monitors—has become a favorite target for hackers.
Poor security practices in the billions of IoT devices that we’ve grown to love make them particularly vulnerable to creating a network of compromised devices.