[ISN] Microsoft admits technical error in IP takeover, but No-IP still down

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249509/Microsoft_admits_technical_error_in_IP_takeover_but_No_IP_still_down By Jeremy Kirk IDG News Service July 1, 2014 Microsoft admitted Tuesday it made a technical error after it commandeered part of an Internet service’s network in order to shut down a botnet, but the Nevada-based company says its services are still down. A federal court in Reno granted Microsoft an ex-parte restraining order that allowed it to take control of 22 domains run by No-IP, a DNS (Domain Name Service) provider owned by Vitalwerks, which was served the order on Monday. Microsoft alleged the domains were being abused by cybercriminals to manage and distribute malware. It was the tenth time Microsoft has turned to the courts to take sweeping action against botnets, or networks of hacked computers. Although No-IP was not accused of wrongdoing, Microsoft maintained the company had not done enough to stop abuse on its networks. Microsoft’s intention by seizing the domains was to block only the computers using No-IP’s services that were being used as part of a botnet. […]




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