The FBI might be able to clean up cyberspace by reaching into thousands of computers afflicted with the coreflood botnet, a malicious program that turns its victims' computers into drones and zombie computers which steal sensitive financial data for the hackers back in Russia.
The FBI's computer security department has discovered a way to pause the illicit data collecting of the botnet with a special pause command.
But in order to destroy the criminal “botnet” for good, the FBI has to take yet another aggressive step that is alarming privacy rights advocates: remove the malware from the computers in the network.
To send the computer command code that would disable the botnet, the FBI need permission from the courts in order to send the code throughout the internet to the corrupted computers and have the code "uninstall" the malicious program.
Would you object to this practice of unprecedented FBI intrusion given the exact understanding on what exactly will happen to the infected computers after the FBI "kill" switch is set to eradicate the botnet from the infected population?