FBI and Justice Department have just completed their largest operation in the field of computer crimes with the seizure of servers and domain names owned by botnets Coreflood.
At this time, law enforcement bodies have been found and removed five controlling servers, as well as 29 domain names used by the system management and control botnets. Servers have been replaced by systems that remove malware when receiving updates through their company security will also receive the latest signature Coreflood.
In addition to the forfeiture, a Connecticut criminal case was opened against 13 unnamed operators of botnets on charges of fraud using the network, bank fraud and unlawful interception of electronic communications.
We expect that the seizure of servers Coreflood and Internet domain names will not allow criminals to use Coreflood or computers infected by botnets Coreflood for their nefarious purposes,” – said the District Attorney, Connecticut, USA David Fein.
“I want to thank our partners for their cooperation with law enforcement authorities – without them we would not have achieved such results.”
Malware botnets Coreflood first appeared in 2003, and by some estimates the total number of infected computers is more than two million. Ministry of Justice reported that botnets used to collect financial data and steal money from Internet users, referring to the 3 cases in which loss of individuals accounted for more than $ 100,000.
“Botnets and cybercriminals are deploying these networks threaten the economic security of the United States and the reliability of the information infrastructure of the country”, – said Sean Henry, Executive Assistant Director, Division of the FBI.
“These actions are to combat the threat posed by botnets Coreflood – the first of its kind in the United States and reflects our interest in the creative and active approach to business in order to make the Internet a safer place.”