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botnet

(roBOT NETwork) Also called a "zombie army," a botnet is a large number of compromised computers that are used to generate spam, relay viruses or flood a network or Web server with excessive requests to cause it to fail (see denial-of-service attack). The computer is compromised via a Trojan that often works by opening an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel that waits for commands from the person in control of the botnet. There is a thriving botnet business selling lists of compromised computers to hackers and spammers. See voluntary botnet, botcloud, spambot, zombie and spam 2.0.
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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.
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.
Many of these devices are very insecure, and the effect is not only that people can hack the devices in your home to spy on you but also that these devices can be leveraged as part of bot nets for things such as DDOS [distributed denial of service] attacks.