Remote control software, specifically a collection of malicious bots, that run autonomously or automatically on compromised computers.

Source: ISO/IEC 27032:2015, Information technology — Security techniques — Guidelines for cybersecurity, First Edition, July 2012. Global Standards


A collection of computers compromised by malicious code and controlled across a network.

Source: NICCS™ Portal Cybersecurity Lexicon, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies ( as of 11 November 2015, Global Standards



Collection of software robots, or bots, which run autonomously.

  • NOTE: A botnet’s originator can control the group remotely, possibly for nefarious purposes.

Source: ANSI/ISA–99.00.01–2007, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems, Part 1: Terminology, Concepts, and Models, 29 October 2007. National Standard

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