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Feds say thousands to lose internet access in July -- Spreading FUD?


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

Original Article from HuffPo that someone sent me.

Short version: DNSChanger malware is going to nuke people off the net in July. They would have lost it sooner if Feds had just up and killed the scammers' computers outright.

I'm seeing this story (and similar ones from the news wires) pulled down in a lot of political sites and blogs. But I'm not seeing any of the usual tech-based places posting it up yet: ArsTechnica, Slashdot, Wired... The usual suspects, you know?

Does anyone know what we're looking at? Credible stuff? Or just alarmist people at the fed who (generally speaking) tend to not get IT-based threats right?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

Heres an earlier thread about it http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic442947.html/page__pid__2673714#entry2673714

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

I tend to believe it.

After all the Feds are running replacement servers for the rogue servers that the crooks were running and thus they should have a decent handle on how many computers are still infected based on usage and the IP addresses.

The IP addresses are how they can break it down to countries. Since individual computers connected direct to the internet all have different IP addresses they can tell.

Beyond that if 4 computers are on the same router they look like one to the Internet as the router handles the distribution of requested pages. So if they see 300,000 individual IP addresses they can be sure there are more computers than that.

My view on the subject anyway.

There will most likely be a small surge of people to the computer repair shops and sites like this once the Feds servers are shut off.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:58 AM

Thanks for the link. I don't have cnet and gizmodo in my favorits (but I have kotaku and io9... how did that happen?), but will add them now.

I ~knew~ I was missing something important when I went looking.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

Quick google of: lose internet access in July

Just look at the URLS in the first two pages and I have a tendency to believe it's credible as well.

Currently #1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2012/04/23/fbi-disinfect-your-computer-or-risk-losing-internet-access-come-july/

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:35 PM

i just can't belive how people is stupid

First of all you need we need to understand why the heck they want to Disable the internet ???
because it's not secure ? why

anyway in my opinion the internet is becoming less safer by the Moment
i'm not with government because they tend to be bad when they in control same for people
but now thing are getting out of the Government Hands Yes i'm saying it you might not belive it and say it's FUD
but GOV ON the internet has No power at all they have the Power to shut it Down just that nothing more

People on the internet are building GOV on their own
the Anonymouse GOV and other Groups

Don't Belive the Power of Anonymouse and a lot of People say they are scriptkiddies but i belive the oppiset
the have capability to change the World!!!!

Don't forget it's just a matter of time to have another BIG Public Groups like anonymouse


But one thing i belive that people tend to Go bad when in control or Have Power

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

i just can't belive how people is stupid

First of all you need we need to understand why the heck they want to Disable the internet ???
because it's not secure ? why

anyway in my opinion the internet is becoming less safer by the Moment
i'm not with government because they tend to be bad when they in control same for people
but now thing are getting out of the Government Hands Yes i'm saying it you might not belive it and say it's FUD
but GOV ON the internet has No power at all they have the Power to shut it Down just that nothing more

People on the internet are building GOV on their own
the Anonymouse GOV and other Groups

Don't Belive the Power of Anonymouse and a lot of People say they are scriptkiddies but i belive the oppiset
the have capability to change the World!!!!

Don't forget it's just a matter of time to have another BIG Public Groups like anonymouse


But one thing i belive that people tend to Go bad when in control or Have Power



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