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Hundreds of thousands must check, fix computers or lose Internet in July due to hacker case
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2012 | Lolita C. Baldor

Posted on 04/24/2012 7:08:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet...

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Government
KEYWORDS: computers; hackers; internet; internetvirus; julyvirus
Any computer people able to verify that?
1 posted on 04/24/2012 7:08:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It seems like another Y2K scenario..


2 posted on 04/24/2012 7:11:30 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes


3 posted on 04/24/2012 7:15:26 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is some truth to it.
Go to: http://www.dns-ok.ca/results-en.html and check.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All you have to do is let an FBI affiliate company scan your computer.

What could go wrong with this? After all, it’s the FBI and we can trust them. Like Lon Horiuchi.


5 posted on 04/24/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d be leary of clicking on that sight.

If it’s legit - the info and fix could be shared with our virus/malware protectors.

I’d be suspicious that it’s a link for collecting and connecting us to a gov’t ‘collecting/spying’ set up.


6 posted on 04/24/2012 7:17:56 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The major antivirus companies say they can handle it.


7 posted on 04/24/2012 7:19:17 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What about smart phones and tablets, are they at risk?

(assuming this is a real alert)

8 posted on 04/24/2012 7:19:23 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I ran it from a non-descript work PC and is about 500ms long. It looks for an intentional IP misdirect. Harmless I believe.


9 posted on 04/24/2012 7:20:54 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: DBrow; ShadowAce

You do not need to run any software, used the following command at the CMD:

“ipconfig /allcompartments /all” and

check the ip address
here

85.255.112.0

85.255.127.255

85.255.112.0/20

67.210.0.0

67.210.15.255

67.210.0.0/20

93.188.160.0

93.188.167.255

93.188.160.0/21

77.67.83.0

77.67.83.255

77.67.83.0/24

213.109.64.0

213.109.79.255

213.109.64.0/20

64.28.176.0

64.28.191.255

64.28.176.0/20

If you any of these addresses you are infected.


10 posted on 04/24/2012 7:21:07 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

check your connection... http://dns-ok.us/


11 posted on 04/24/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.dcwg.org

Seems real its a real website with lots of outside links

What is the DNS Changer Malware?
On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital”, and distributed DNS changing viruses, variously known as TDSS, Alureon, TidServ and TDL4 viruses. You can read more about the arrest of the Rove Digital principals here, and in the FBI Press Release.

What does the DNS Changer Malware do?
The botnet operated by Rove Digital altered user DNS settings, pointing victims to malicious DNS in data centers in Estonia, New York, and Chicago. The malicious DNS servers would give fake, malicious answers, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware showed users an altered version of the Internet.

Under a court order, expiring July 9, the Internet Systems Consortium is operating replacement DNS servers for the Rove Digital network. This will allow affected networks time to identify infected hosts, and avoid sudden disruption of services to victim machines.

How Can I Protect Myself?
This page describes how you can determine if you are infected, and how you can clean infected machines. To check if you’re infected, Click Here. If you believe you are infected, here are instructions on how to clean your computer.


12 posted on 04/24/2012 7:21:43 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A few threads on the subject from the past 3 or 4 days can be found here if anyone is interested in the info thereon.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=internet


13 posted on 04/24/2012 7:23:30 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First I'm not going to any site supposedly run by the FBI and having them scan my computer...thanks but no thanks.

Norton picks it up as zlop or Tidserv and I'm sure the other AV companies are able to detect it also..

So I'd stay far away from that site..

14 posted on 04/24/2012 7:26:24 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

DNS is how computers find place on the internet by name. It allows you to get to Freerepulic.com with out know it’s IP address all you need to is type in the name. The malware allows the bad guys to redirect you other sites other than what you asked for. They could send to DU instead of here. So when you try to get to your bank you get their site where they try to get your login info. The government has servers that are blocking happening now. They are going away so every ones need to fix their computer first.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 7:31:45 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

“Internet Systems Consortium”??? Who is that?


16 posted on 04/24/2012 7:33:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: montanajoe; All




17 posted on 04/24/2012 7:34:29 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bookmarking just in case.


18 posted on 04/24/2012 7:36:00 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: dynoman
he-he

Its close but no cigar..

19 posted on 04/24/2012 7:36:23 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: DBrow
All you have to do is let an FBI affiliate company scan your computer.

It does not scan your computer. It just checks the name of the Domain from whence your Ping originated.

If the Domain is from on of those affected then the background of the page you see is red. If the Domain is not affected then the background is green.

Your computer is never touched or scanned.

20 posted on 04/24/2012 7:40:45 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: eyedigress

You don’t even need software to check.


21 posted on 04/24/2012 7:41:05 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: dynoman
Suicide by Internet! Lets Rock
22 posted on 04/24/2012 7:50:34 PM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like a government scam.


23 posted on 04/24/2012 7:50:48 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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Bookmark.

Because no way in hell am I going to loggon to a government approved website to “check” my PC for a purported kill switch malware.

Why not just give the IRS my checking account PIN number instead of making them search for it?

24 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:27 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


25 posted on 04/24/2012 8:17:30 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


26 posted on 04/24/2012 8:59:12 PM PDT by VTenigma
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whatever, before I willingly allow the feds to snoop my puter, if it goes south, will just buy a new one.


27 posted on 04/24/2012 10:29:37 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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