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.

Most bots are harmless and crucial for making the internet valuable and useful, but bots can also be malignant and destructive when they are deployed by cybercriminals.

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

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