'Botnets' sometimes <compromise> computers

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park sang joon

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"Botnets" sometimes compromise computers whose security defenses have been breached and control conceded to a third party. Each such compromised device, known as a "bot", is created when a computer is penetrated by software from a malware (malicious software) distribution. The controller of a botnet is able to direct the activities of these compromised computers through communication channels formed by standards-based network protocols such as IRC and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).[1]
<"Botnet" in WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet>

I think "compromise" indicates "harm" in terms of the context" in my example, but computers is not something of Botnts' own.
So, I was wondering what meaning "compromise" has.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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