botmaster

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bot +‎ master

Noun[edit]

botmaster (plural botmasters)

  1. (Internet, computer security) A malicious hacker who controls a botnet.
    Synonym: botherder
    • 2010, John R. Vacca, Network and System Security, →ISBN, page 207:
      Tracking the botmaster to her true physical location is a complex problem that is described in detail in the next section.
    • 2012 February 19, Mark Bowden, “War of the cyber worm: the most destructive attack on the internet”, in The Guardian[1]:
      [The worm] had spread silently for six days before it began regularly trying to connect with its botmaster, who could have been hiding behind any of the 250 domain names the worm generated afresh each day.

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