Whether it’s doing so of its own volition or has been pressured into taking action, Microsoft MSFT -0.24% has finally started handing back control of domains it seized from No-IP earlier this week in a much-criticized, aggressive attempt to stop computer infections spreading.
As reported on Forbes yesterday, the security community was more than a little peeved at Microsoft’s move, as its operation to cut off cybercriminal control of the Bladabindi (NJrat) and Jenxcus (NJw0rm) malware also saw millions of legitimate websites shuttered as they were using the same infrastructure as thousands of domains being used to manage the malicious software. The Redmond giant was subsequently told to cease “policing” the internet.
At around 8pm BST today, No-IP started reporting a number of domains were back online, whilst records on the Domain Name System showed Microsoft had relinquished its control of many of the sites it wiped off the internet. One wonders if this was Microsoft giving up its anti-malware operation or if it’s simply part of the process. There is another possibility, as suggested by a noted security researcher today: the court may have reversed its decision to allow Microsoft to take control of the 23 domains it seized.