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bot·net

 (bŏt′nĕt′)
n.
A network of maliciously installed bots running on multiple computers.
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botnet

(ˈbɒtˌnɛt)
n
(Telecommunications) (sometimes with a capital) a network of computers infected by a program that communicates with its creator in order to send unsolicited emails, attack websites, etc
[C20: from (ro)bot + net(work)]
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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.