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Published by: Colin Freeze on Apr 13, 2011
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accounts, to engage in identity theft, and to commit myriad other crimes.In this suit, the United States of America ("Government")seeks a temporary restraining order and injunction under 18 U.S.C.§§ 1345 & 2521, in concert with other law enforcement activity, toprevent the Defendants from using a botnet known as the "CorefloodBotnet" to work a continuing and substantial injury on the owners andusers of computers infected by Coreflood. The Coreflood Botnetconsists of command and control servers (the "Coreflood C&CServers"), Internet domain names (the "Coreflood Domains"), andhundreds of thousands of infected computers, all described more fullybelow.In order to seize the Coreflood Botnet, the Government isapplying for the following relief:* Search warrants under Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to seize Coreflood C&C Servers in theDistrict of Arizona, the Northern District of Georgia, the2
Northern District of Texas, the Southern District of Ohio,and the Central District of California;* A forfeiture warrant under 18 U.S.C. § 981(b) to seize theCoreflood Domains in the District of Connecticut;* A temporary restraining order, issued in the District of Connecticut pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 1345 & 2521, that (i)prohibits the Defendants from using the Coreflood Botnet infurtherance of their fraudulent and other criminal activities,and (ii) gives effect to the Court's restraining order, byauthorizing the Government to establish a substitute server that will respond to command and control requests from theCoreflood software on infected computers by directing theCoreflood software to stop running; and* A trap-and-trace order, issued in the District of Connecticutpursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3123, authorizing the substituteserver to acquire the Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses of the infected computers sending command and control3

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