On Monday Microsoft got a federal court in Alexandria, Va. to grant an order to deactivate hundreds of domain names that the company said were linked to botnet named Waledac.
The court order was issued under seal, that means not made public and without any notice to the domain holders before the order was granted or the shut down occurred.
Microsoft says the defendants were linked to more than 270 Internet domain names involved with hacker network.
The company said it is now seeking to contact the defendants through whois info.
The restraining order compelled VeriSign Inc., to temporarily turn off the suspect Internet addresses.
Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center is quoted as saying this type of action by Microsoft “might become a form of vigilantism that entangles innocent victims.”
At least one domain owner Stephen Paluck of Beaverton, Ore., said he was doing nothing wrong from his Internet address, Debtbgonesite.com. which was seized “I want it back,” Mr. Paluck said. “I’m not doing anything illegal.”
While I hate the spammers, hackers and fraudsters as much as the next guy, I’m still concerned that Microsoft could go to federal court on its own, and without notice to get hundreds of domain names shut down.
“This is a big step for us in our ongoing effort to thwart criminals using the Internet for financial gain,” said Andre’ M. Dimino, co-founder and director of the non-profit Shawdowserver Foundation.
Of course CADNA has used the same language in describing domainers and domain parking which and is part of the Utah bill looking like its heading for a quick passage.