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in the world is a "Bot" ?
"Bot" is the way the English
say "Bat". You know, the stick that baseball players hit a
baseball with? As in, "it's the bottom of the ninth inning, the
score is tied, and mighty Casey steps up to bot with the bases
loaded and two outs".
Now all you English and Aussies out there don't get your
britches all worked up. We're teasing - really!
A bot is the common name for a software program or script
that interacts with network services, web sites, web servers,
and people using the internet as if it were a person. Bots are
often used to gather information. The term "bot" is derived from
the word "robot".
Some malicious and unfortunately common bots are those that
covertly install themselves on people's computers. These are
also called "zombies". These bots, once installed can be used as
remote attack tools. When malicious bots are installed on
millions of computers - making the computers "zombies" they can
be used in concert to attack a specific web site in what's
called a denial of service attack.
But bots have good uses as well. They are generally used as web
software agents that interface with web pages. Web crawlers or
spiders are bots that gather information on web pages. For
instance Google's "GoogleBot" automatically scans the content of
billions of web pages and sends the data back to Google who then
stores it in its databases. This is how search engines work. .
Bots can be used for both good and bad purposes - like almost
anything else in the cyberworld.
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