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DOJ Gets Court Permission To Attack Botnet 84

itwbennett writes "In an unprecedented move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have been issued a temporary restraining order that will allow the FBI and the US 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. This week, the DOJ and FBI seized five servers that controlled Coreflood-infected computers, the DOJ said in a press release. The agencies also seized 29 domain names used by the Coreflood botnet to communicate with the servers."
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DOJ Gets Court Permission To Attack Botnet

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  • Re:unprecedented? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @09:02PM (#35813894)

    What is the price of one piano compared to the terrible crime that's been committed here?

    Negligible. I say it's fine as long as the feds 'return it' expeditiously when they are done and make certain the owner is fully compensated (erring on the side of overcompensated) for any loss incurred.

    For example, if the servers were required to generate $1 million in revenue a day; I would expect the owner to be paid $1 million + 10% for every day the revenue cannot be generated because servers are impounded by law enforcement or not returned to the owner, and repaid any lost long-term revenue caused by the outage.

  • Re:Governet (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ktappe ( 747125 ) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @09:05PM (#35813914)

    "Botnets and the cyber criminals who deploy them jeopardize the economic security of the United States and the dependability of the nation's information infrastructure," Shawn Henry...said in a statement.

    Obviously, the internet is now truly Serious Business. DHS, Ice-Raids, I hate to say it but as other /.ers have said in the past, we are entering the downward slope of the golden age of the internet, the gub'ment is now all up in our intertubes for good. Hide yo pron hide yo second life.

    The internet has been serious business for a while, in case you've not been paying attention. The "gub'ment" is in the intertubes by necessity. Let's not blame this on the gov''s those stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars who ruined it, not Washington.

  • Re:Governet (Score:4, Interesting)

    by halowolf ( 692775 ) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @11:54PM (#35814652)
    I logged into that to have a look and it took about 30 seconds before I had some fed pretending to be a teenage girl to start cracking onto me. I logged out and deleted it and never looked back.

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