Microsoft has several other botnets in its crosshairs, and believes it can
use the same legal tactic against them that it deployed last week to strike at
the Waledac botnet's command-and-control centers.

But the company also admitted that it had not yet severed all communications
between the controllers of Waledac and the thousands of compromised Windows
computers used by hackers to pitch bogus security software and send a small
amount of spam.

"This shows it can be done," said Richard Boscovich, senior attorney with
Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit. "Each botnet is different, of course, but this
is another arrow in the quiver. This is not the last [effort].... We have other
operations on the drawing board."

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