Shutterstock The interior of a Microsoft retail store is seen in San Diego January 18, 2012. Courtesy of Reuters/Mike Blake

Software makers Microsoft Corp and Symantec Corp said they disrupted a global cybercrime operation by shutting down servers that controlled hundreds of thousands of PCs without the knowledge of their users.

The move made it temporarily impossible for infected PCs around the world to search the web, though the companies offered free tools to clean machines through messages that were automatically pushed out to infected computers.

Technicians working on behalf of both companies raided data centers in Weehawken, N.J., and Manassas, Va., accompanied by U.S. federal marshals, under an order issued by the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

Microsoft and Symantec Disrupt Cybercrime Ring | DFI News.

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