Definitions

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  • n. A malicious hacker who controls a botnet.

Etymologies

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bot +‎ master

Examples

  • After that, the botmaster can direct this fresh bot to carry out myriad criminal activities -- everything from spreading spam to stealing data to hijacking online banking accounts.

    Latest Microsoft zero-day attack may come from gamers

  • Next comes a program that turns the PC into an obedient "bot," controlled by a "botmaster."

    Latest Microsoft zero-day attack may come from gamers

  • "This perpetuates the tactic and also gives the botmaster another machine to use for future burst attacks," says Sam Masiello, director of threat management for McAfee's MX Logic messaging security division.

    New trick by spammers: E-mails that overwhelm filters

  • The botmaster can now direct your botted PC to carry out myriad criminal activities — everything from spreading spam to triggering promotions to buy fake antivirus subscriptions to hijacking your online banking account.

    Spammers exploit Obama, Jackson and the 4th of July

  • Each Sninfs-infected PC carries instructions to follow a Twitter account set up by the botmaster ahead of time.

    Hackers harness Twitter to do their dirty work

  • This wormhole is then used by the attacker to install coding that turns your PC into an obedient “bot,” reporting to a command-and-control server operated by the “botmaster.”

    Spammers exploit Obama, Jackson and the 4th of July

  • As a noun, it refers to a group of computers called zombies that have been compromised by worms, Trojan horses or some other type of backdoor software and are secretly being used by a controller, called a bot herder or a botmaster.

    Don’t get botnetted | Sync Blog

  • Thousands of visitors are still blissfully unaware that their PCs are listening for instructions from the botmaster — the person responsible for remotely controlling hundreds of thousands of computers.

    Don’t get botnetted | Sync Blog

  • Another thing a botmaster can do is direct all of those computers to send spam all at once to millions of computers all at once.

    CNN Transcript Nov 29, 2007

  • Controlled by a botmaster using 3G, the drone or group of drones fly over any urban area looking for Wi-FI networks.

    Gizmodo

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