Microsoft, U.S. Marshals Raid Offices in Botnet Probe

Microsoft employees, accompanied by United States marshals, raided two nondescript office buildings in Pennsylvania and Illinois, aiming to disrupt one of the most pernicious forms of online crime today — botnets, or groups of computers that help harvest bank account passwords and other personal information from millions of other computers. With a warrant in hand from a federal judge authorizing the sweep, the Microsoft lawyers and technical personnel gathered evidence and deactivated Web servers ostensibly used by criminals in a scheme to infect computers and steal personal data.