FBI, AG win award for disabling decade-old botnet

Friday - 11/4/2011, 6:55pm EDT

The FBI and U.S. Attorney General's Office received an award for innovation in cyber law enforcement for crippling a botnet that's been infecting computers for nearly a decade, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Through a restraining order, five Coreflood botnet command and control servers were seized and swapped with government servers halting further damage to millions of computers.

A disable command was then sent to the infected machines. The actions taken are the first of their kind.

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