Microsoft granted court order to squash botnet -

A judge granted Microsoft's request to kill 277 internet addresses associated with a so-called botnet installed on thousands of PCs worldwide.

A botnet consists of a legion of infected PCs that can be used by criminal minds to launch denial of service attacks on other sites.

The judge, Leonie Brinkema, granted the order to block the Waledac botnet on Monday, and gave Microsoft permission to cut suspect IP addresses and requires Verisign to close down .com sites alleged to house the botnet.

According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), all the domain names are based in China.