One of the things we count on from our federal government is protection against crime and wrongdoers, so when a criminal activity is spotted, we expect that it will be stopped and people will be “brought to justice.”

Not so fast, however, when it comes to stopping illegal online activity. A recent IDG News posting reports that the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation had to go to a judge and obtain a temporary restraining order allowing them to disrupt a computer virus that created an international botnet controlling more than 2.3 million computers as of early 2010, the DOJ announced.

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