DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet

“The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have obtained a temporary restraining order allowing them to disrupt a computer virus that created an international botnet controlling more than 2.3 million computers as of early 2010, the DOJ announced Wednesday.

In an unprecedented move, the temporary restraining order, issued Tuesday, will allow the FBI and the U.S. Marshal for the District of Connecticut to set up servers at the Internet Systems Consortium or other ISPs that would stop infected computers from continuing to spread the Coreflood virus, according to court records.

The order allows the law enforcement agencies to send commands to infected computers that stops the Coreflood virus, the DOJ said.”

(DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet | ITworld)

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