David Harley, Botnets of the Mind, February 2012, Virus Bulletin. Copyright is held by Virus Bulletin Ltd, but is made available on this site for personal use free of charge by permission of Virus Bulletin.
‘Hoaxers … use a form of memetic malware (‘viruses of the mind’) in order to reprogram system users … Botnets, meanwhile, tend to be run by criminals exploiting bot-infected machines for various profitable activities. So what’s the connection between bots and hoaxes?’
David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow