Skip to comments.Internet Doomsday, July 9
Posted on 07/08/2012 8:24:36 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith
July 9 might be "Internet doomsday" for PC and Mac users who haven't taken steps to make sure their systems are not infected with what's being called DNSChanger malware.
That's right: Your Internet connection may not work that day because the safety net now in place from the FBI against the malware will be removed then, and if your computer is infected, you won't be able to get to the Internet.
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First I'm hearing about it, but it seems that it's old news. Anyway, I did a quick search and found an article on the tech blog at MSNBC, that has a link to see if your computer is working ok. Mine came up Green and they didn't try to sell my antivirus software, so I'm feeling reasonably okay here.
Link is to article is here: http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/t...ck-your-736963
I wonder if BHO’s new July 6th executive order is tied to this matter. Create the perfect crisis.
There’s easily been 10 stories about it on FR and it’s way overblown to start with.
You really want to turn your computer over to the government? Why is the gov’t so worried about this one and not dozens of others?
The gov’t HAS to be installing some kind of malware.
I'd love for some tech savvy Freeper to check this out.
But surely somebody has evaluated this?
I'm sure we'd have heard about it by now.
I wonder if this is a ruse to gain control of the internet prior to the election?
I think will just sit this one out and see what happens. I can always switch to my backup if it's true.
Is the interweb still okay?
Malware Monday: Much Ado About Nothing
...When authorities arrested the suspects last fall, they reported that more than 4 million computers had been infected by the malware. Today, Greene says, that number is about 250,000 worldwide and falling. As of June 11, DCWG identified fewer than 70,000 computers in the United States infected; by now, Greene says, that figure is much lower.
Think about it: Various estimates place the number of PCs worldwide at between 1 billion and 2 billion. That means the 250,000 or so still-infected computers represent fewer than 2-100ths of a percent (0.02 percent) of all PCs in the world. That’s about the number of PCs a botnet hunter commandeers in a single day, Greene says, adding: “It’s no big deal.”
Greene says there are more serious malware problems users should concern themselves with than DNS Changer, as the “bad guys” - who have an economic incentive to create more malicious viruses - stay three steps ahead of the “good guys” who try to combat them...
OMG. This is Hugh, and Series! Where’s muh stune beeber?
Reagan said government is part of the problem. I agree - never trust the government!
If I upgrade from Windows 95 to a newer version, do I still need to go to the link?
Why would they do that? Is the FBI in the business of running Internet servers?
Like I said on another thread.....I guess I'm slow but I don't understand why anti-virus programs were not just simply updated. If the problem is that you can't update definitions on line why hasn't the fix been on sale at Best Buy for the last 5 years?
ping a ling
If this is to be believed, only the Darwin Award candidates will be affected.
No; you’re good. Only if you have Win v3.1 or worse.
The antivirus programs were all updated as soon as it was discovered. The problem, though, is that machines already infected would not be able to update. By setting up the network of servers for infected machines, they enabled users to install and/or update their software.
It's about time I caught a break.
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