April 12, 2011
On 12 April 2011, PIR received from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and a Seizure Warrant issued by the US Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut on the same date. The TRO and warrant are based on affidavits by FBI agents and order the seizure and civil forfeiture of 24 domain names in .COM, .NET, .BIZ and .ORG.( 2 in .ORG).
The basis for the seizure is that all 24 domains are alleged to be part of the ‘Coreflood” botnet used for criminal wire fraud and bank fraud. Pursuant to the TRO and warrant, PIR transferred the two .ORG registrations to a specified IP address.