Modern botnets are using social engineering tactics to trick the user into unwillingly installing malicious code on their computer.
For instance, a botnet can distribute infected e-mail messages carrying malware, or just links to compromised websites, where the systems are infected on-the-fly. Social engineering techniques are comprised of messages that come with apparently harmless messages accompanied by an infected attachment that seems to be a simple .jpeg image. Botnets can auto-expand by identifying and infecting other vulnerable computers.
However, contrary to popular belief that malicious bots usually