Microsoft and the Bot Net
Task Force, a public-private effort started by Microsoft, came forward and reported criminal activity to the FBI during "Operation Bot Roast," which helped the agency find some of the criminals, the FBI says.
V by Zone Labs antivirus partner Computer Associates (NYSE: CA), connects the compromised PC to an Internet chat relay server where it joins a bot net
-- a network of compromised computers used by hackers to launch denial of service attacks and distribute spam and other malware.
So, for relatively little investment, Russia supported movements that could potentially destabilise the West - in hacking groups like Fancy Bears, responsible for breaking into the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta's email; or through bot nets
supporting populism movements; or, in the case of France's Front National, by loaning them money.