Tuesday, April 19, 2011
FBI intervention to stop CoreFlood botnet raises downstream concerns
The Tech Herald has an article explaining how the FBI, with minimal court supervision, shut down the CoreFlood botnet. It’s true that it was malicious, but by routing transactions through its servers so it could put some processes “to sleep”, the FBI has instantiated a monitoring technology that could be used against other problematic software (like Wikileaks) or might compromise legitimate web traffic of small businesses without their knowledge. The story by Steve Ragan is here.
The New Haven, CT office of the FBI in fact has a press release explaining how it did this, here.