At a meeting with reporters hosted by George Washington University, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said that the Department of Justice is actually establishing guidelines for malware takedowns, and that such action would not be a “a tool of first resort.”
Demers’ comments specifically refer to the decision made recently to forcibly remove web shells from “hundreds” of infected Microsoft Exchange servers. While widely endorsed as an appropriate move, those actions spurred questions among the cybersecurity community about when and how often the DoJ would step in.
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