Microsoft launches major campaign against bots: Microsoft seized servers in several states and filed lawsuits against dozens of people this week as\u00a0part of a major campaign against Zeus botnets. Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit said Operation b71 was its "most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date.\u201d It resulted in\u00a0the seizure\u00a0of servers in Scranton, Pa., and Lombard, Ill., and lawsuits were filed against as many as 39 unnamed individuals. While this was a major action, Microsoft warned the move by no means marks the end of the Zeus threat.\u00a0\n\tNews Corp. accused of hacking competitor:\u00a0Representatives of\u00a0Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. cracked the smartcard codes of rival ONdigital in order to undermine the company's success,\u00a0according to reports on the BBC. NDS, a software company owned by News Corp, allegedly cracked the system and then posted the access codes on a pirate website known as THOIC where they could be used to illegally access free digital television. News Corp. strongly denies the charges.\n\tVisa, Mastercard warn of massive data breach: The two credit card companies have alerted banks across the country of a \u201cmassive\u201d data breach at a U.S.-based credit-card processor. Brian Krebs reported on his blog:\n\t\n\t\tNeither VISA nor MasterCard have said which U.S.-based processor was the source of the breach. But affected banks are now starting to analyze transaction data on the compromised cards, in hopes of finding a common point of purchase. Sources at two different major financial institutions said the transactions that most of the cards they analyzed seem to have in common are that they were used in parking garages in and around the New York City area.\n\n\tKrebs' sources say more than 10 million credit card numbers may be at risk.\n\tHouse stops effort to block employer demands for Facebook passwords: The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted down an effort to stop some companies from demanding the Facebook logins\u00a0of job applicants. Public outcry\u00a0has been growing\u00a0due to\u00a0an Associated Press report\u00a0on companies and government agencies\u00a0that request Facebook logins so interviewers can look at\u00a0content job applicants have marked private. Rep. Ed Permutter\u2019s (D-CO) amendment to an FCC reform bill would have given the agency the power to prevent telecommunication companies from asking for the information. The amendment was rejected\u00a0on grounds that\u00a0it\u00a0isn't\u00a0germane to the bill itself, leaving the House plenty of room to take up the topic in the future.