(The Hosting News) – Nearly two weeks after seizing five command servers that allowed hackers to run the Coreflood Botnet, more details are emerging as to how the feds will go about taking care of what still remains of the formerly massive malware virus.
Although the recent crippling of the Botnet servers decreased the massive malware’s capability by nearly ninety percent, the U.S. Justice Department wanted to do more to ensure Coreflood’s complete elimination.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is still working to identify computer users infected by the virus.
In a memorandum released Saturday, the U.S. Department of Justice stated, “Additional time is needed, however, both to allow more antivirus vendors to release virus signatures for Coreflood and to complete the process of notifying Coreflood victims”.
Once the U.S. Department of Justice properly notifies those infected with Coreflood, the FBI then requires users to sign an authorization form before any uninstall occurs.
Despite the uninstall solution, the FBI’s user authorization form states, “While the ‘uninstall’ command has been tested by the FBI and appears to work, it is nevertheless possible that the execution of the ‘uninstall’ command may produce unanticipated consequences, including damage to the infected computers”.
Analysts believe that the Coreflood botnet operated for nearly ten years and is responsible for having infected around two million computers. While the exact amount is unknown, it’s possible that the operators of Coreflood could have taken in over one-hundred million dollars by stealing sensitive user information such as passwords and personal finances.