Microsoft Corp. has won a court order aimed at taking down a global network of PCs that the company accuses of spreading spam and harmful computer code.
A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., granted a request by Microsoft to deactivate 277 Internet addresses, or domain names, that the Redmond Wash., company links to a "botnet," an army of tens of thousands of PCs around the globe infected with malicious code that allows them to be harnessed for nefarious purposes.
Registration records associated with the domain names all list contact information in China. The owners could not immediately be reached.
Microsoft Wins Court Order to Block 'Botnet' Network - WSJ.com
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