An article by Nick Wingfield and Nicole Perlroth in the New York Times today details the recent raid Microsoft and United States Marshalls conducted in order to disrupt a string of botnets at work harvesting account and other personal information from millions of other computers.

As cybercrime grows more profitable, the criminals are starting to match the good guys in technology and even research. But at least we still have better lawyers. Microsoft’s legal innovation is something the company can be proud of.