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DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet

Grant Gross | April 13, 2011
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 one case described in court documents, criminals used Coreflood to take over an online banking session and cause the transfer of funds to a foreign account.

Law enforcement officials believe that the Coreflood botnet has been operating for nearly a decade, the DOJ said.

 

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