An internet bot is a software application that performs automated tasks by running scripts over the internet.

Bots are used to perform simple, structurally repetitive tasks much more quickly than is humanly possible.

Spambots send spam, while others may execute commands from a bot master.

While most bots are harmless and crucial for making the internet valuable and useful, they can be malicious when used to create a botnet.

Configured as a network, bots in a “botnet” are internet-connected devices, and each has similar malware, which ultimately allows cybercriminals to control the infected devices or bots in a coordinated manner, creating a network.

Bots can be versatile, sending emails, crawling the web, and conducting SSH attacks.

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