Dark Fiber: Botnets

Botnet refers to multiple computers infected with remote-controlled software that allows a single hacker to run automated programs on the botnet behind the user’s back. (Schreier, 2015).

Sock puppets are these online fake persona’s that are equipped to seem like real people while entering online discussion through blogs, message boards, chats etc. These ‘Sock puppets’ have background history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographically consistent.

The botnets that are being used are comprised of sock puppets, which can create the semblance of consensus as it forms a fake virtual army of people that could be used to help create the impression of consensus opinion in online comment threads, or manipulate social media to the point where the valuable stories are suppressed.


4 thoughts on “Dark Fiber: Botnets

  1. I liked this post because it is so different from what I spoke about in my blog. This opened up a whole new aspect of this topic that I had given much thought to but now realise I most definitely should. The whole Botnet thing kind of freaks me out because I never understood what it meant and the name isn’t the friendliest terminology ever haha but the way you have described it has really cleared it up for me and has made me want to explore this topic further. Thank you for that!


  2. Great post, I love the simplicity of the post it’s literally perfect. I couldn’t have typed it better :))
    Your writing is super easy and clear to read and your remediation is spot on!!.
    even after writing my blog post, I didn’t know I didn’t fully understand the term until you cleared that up.
    can’t wait to read more.


  3. Hi Mills!!

    it’s interesting that you spoke about Botnets and sock puppets in your post here. Do you think that social media and message board do more about this potential problem? It’s cool how your remediation is a quality meme and is spot on. Your article is very educational and successful in providing value to your audience. Good Job!!!

    Sean 🙂


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