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.