The FBI said this take-down exemplifies how the public and private sectors can work together, both domestically and internationally, to protect the public from global criminals.
The FBI issued a report this week on the rising use of botnets, which are groups of infected computers controlled by cybercriminals. Criminals can infect a huge network of computers -- numbering in the hundreds of thousands or even millions -- and then each computer is connected to a command-and-control server operated by the criminal.
Botnets can be used to distribute spam, malware and assist with organized crime and terrorist activities, said the FBI.
First look: Microsoft Xbox One lab
This is not the first time that Microsoft(MSFT) has taken an active role in fighting cybercrime. In March 2012, Microsoft employees, escorted by U.S. Marshals, raided two U.S. companies and seized servers and hundreds of websites used to steal more than $100 million over five years.
Other major players in the financial services industry also contributed to the recent cybercrime take-down, including the Electronic Payments Association and the American Bankers Association.