A network of computers that have been infected with malware that allows them to be remotely controlled without the knowledge of their owner. Botnets become powerful distributed computing platforms capable of co-ordinated attacks against websites, sending spam and enabling large-scale identity theft.

It’s important to keep your security software up-to-date to safeguard your machine from being co-opted into a botnet.

For more detailed information, see the ‘The many forms of Malware’ post in on our news page.