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Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
AP / King5.com ^ | 4-20-12 | Lolita C. Baldo

Posted on 04/20/2012 4:07:18 PM PDT by LegendHasIt

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 king5.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: computer; fbi; fbiinternet; hoax; internet; internethoax; virus
Trouble is, I don't trust the FBI or this website to be helping delete this... They could be installing something instead.

I haven't found anything else yet on the net about it, other than essentially the same article in the Kansas City newspaper

1 posted on 04/20/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt
users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

'You can't stop the signal, Mal.'

/johnny

2 posted on 04/20/2012 4:10:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt

I have a gut feeling this is a hoax. The first result I found says this should have happened in March.
http://techcrawlers.com/dns-changer-virus-march-8th/

Generally if you see the same story repeated with different dates, it is probably a hoax that just won’t die.


3 posted on 04/20/2012 4:11:19 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: LegendHasIt

“The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website”

-since when, and how does the FBI “encourage” this? Sounds like a load, treat it like a load until such time.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 4:11:39 PM PDT by 4buttons (yeah yeah yeah mushmouth)
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To: LegendHasIt

Who knows. I checked mine and it’s OK unless, like you stated, the FBI site loaded some malware for me. :)


5 posted on 04/20/2012 4:16:41 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: 4buttons; All

I did a search here, and on Yahoo before I posted it, couldn’t find anything with the keywords anywhere, except a duplicate article in the Kansas City Star, also posted today.

The thing is, I got this from an old Army Buddy who is a bigwig with the GSA in charge of their computer systems for an entire region.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 4:18:29 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt
The url, http://www.dcwg.org, digs back to 98.129.229.16. And a tracetroute winds up in a server farm somewhere near White Plains, NY.

Take that with a grain of salt. I'm just a cook, these days.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/20/2012 4:21:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt

yeah....riiight...


8 posted on 04/20/2012 4:21:55 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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Ooops!

Sorry. It seems to end near San Antonio, Texas.

/johnny

9 posted on 04/20/2012 4:25:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mnehring

Hmm, interesting... Now that you mention it, I remember that I DID have an apparent DNS hijack on my computer in late Feb., had a heck of a time cleaning it.


10 posted on 04/20/2012 4:25:29 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt
does that mean I will stop getting emails advising how I can enhance my manhood?
11 posted on 04/20/2012 4:25:50 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: LegendHasIt

I got a pop-up warning me that my computer was infected, and since I couldn’t seem to make the pop-up go away I just downloaded whatever it wanted me to download and now my computer is no longer infected, I guess. It is really slow, though.


12 posted on 04/20/2012 4:25:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mo

So, are you calling me a liar, or what?


13 posted on 04/20/2012 4:26:40 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: mo

So, are you calling me a liar, or what?


14 posted on 04/20/2012 4:26:50 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt

“FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users”

I’m agreeing with you. They were looking for something...and quit..or have found it or about it..


15 posted on 04/20/2012 4:28:34 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: LegendHasIt; Lazamataz
A whois query is interesting reading. If somewhat recursive.

Laz, this might interest you.

/johnny

16 posted on 04/20/2012 4:28:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mo

Oh, Sorry I misunderstood.


17 posted on 04/20/2012 4:29:58 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: paul51
does that mean I will stop getting emails advising how I can enhance my manhood?

If you clicked on the link, yes.

Downside is that now you will get emails advising how to enhance your bust.

Sorry for your loss. ;)

/johnny

18 posted on 04/20/2012 4:31:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I'm just a cook, these days.

Heh, took me a moment on that one, Hugh... with your tagline. Me too.

19 posted on 04/20/2012 4:33:54 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Lancey Howard
I got a pop-up warning me that my computer was infected, and since I couldn’t seem to make the pop-up go away I just downloaded whatever it wanted me to download and now my computer is no longer infected, I guess. It is really slow, though.

Did you forget a sarcasm tag, or did you really fall for the scam?

20 posted on 04/20/2012 4:35:12 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: LegendHasIt

If you send me $5000 for my Nigerian cousin’s surgery, I can get you to the right website.

I also have a bridge and some ocean view property in Arizona for sale if anyone’s interested.


21 posted on 04/20/2012 4:35:47 PM PDT by bgill
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To: JRandomFreeper
Well, I'm expecting $28,000,000 from nigeria any day now so I may as well give them all a try
22 posted on 04/20/2012 4:40:10 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: LegendHasIt
And I'm a damn good cook. A little too old to stand on my feet 14 hours a day anymore. But I still keep my hand in.

/johnny

23 posted on 04/20/2012 4:46:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt
Anonymous was supposed to shut down the Internet a few Saturdays ago.

He/she/it didn't.
24 posted on 04/20/2012 5:00:01 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: JRandomFreeper
Sorry. It seems to end near San Antonio, Texas.

The IP 98.129.229.16 falls in a block (98.129.0.0/16) that belongs to Rackspace Hosting, which is headquartered in San Antonio. They also operate data centers in Dallas, Chicago, Virginia, Hong Kong, and the UK.

The domain belongs to a Barry Greene, of Cupertino.

25 posted on 04/20/2012 5:12:29 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LegendHasIt

Oh yeah I’m going to an FBI website for help....


26 posted on 04/20/2012 5:34:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: PAR35
Did you forget a sarcasm tag, or did you really fall for the scam?

LOL.. Sometimes you (hopefully) don't need a sarcasm tag.

27 posted on 04/20/2012 5:34:44 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PAR35

He didn’t put the /sarc tag....


28 posted on 04/20/2012 5:35:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: cynwoody
Yes, I've seen all of that, and didn't want to be the one to post the name or the location of the owner.

Did you follow the senki.org rabbit trail?

/johnny

29 posted on 04/20/2012 5:36:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Secret Agent Man

We are from the govmint and we are here to help


30 posted on 04/20/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT by woodenickel
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To: woodenickel

Only in this scenario you come to them...


31 posted on 04/20/2012 5:44:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: LegendHasIt

Trust Us, we’re from the government.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 5:47:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Lancey Howard
I got a pop-up warning me that my computer was infected, and since I couldn’t seem to make the pop-up go away I just downloaded whatever it wanted me to download and now my computer is no longer infected, I guess. It is really slow, though.
_____________________________________________________________
I really hope this is sarcasm.
33 posted on 04/20/2012 6:22:59 PM PDT by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: mnehring

No, the virus wasn’t supposed to hit on March 8th, the FBI help computers were going to shut down. A judge ordered them to remain open for another 4 months.

Here’s the story. It’s not a hoax. Search for “dns changer” and you will find all kinds of info.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/03/court-4-more-months-for-dnschanger-infected-pcs/#more-14008

You can also go the various computer mags and find info. Here’s PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/search_redirect/?qry=dns+changer&searchSection=0&site=3

Of course, if you want to believe this is a scheme for big brother, big sister, and the commies to take over your computer, feel free.


34 posted on 04/20/2012 6:50:07 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"He killed me Mal, killed me with his sword".
LOVE that movie!!
35 posted on 04/20/2012 6:57:21 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
"How weird was that?"

Yeh, I may have watched it once or 18 times.

/johnny

36 posted on 04/20/2012 7:03:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt

"We're gonna head west. There's a rumor goin' around there might be some Internet out there. So we're headed out Californee Way."

37 posted on 04/20/2012 7:06:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
How the heck are they going to change my DNS server when it's hard coded to an IP address in /etc/resolv.conf?

I mean, I may just be a cook, but I'm not dumb enough to allow netconfig to run.

/johnny

38 posted on 04/20/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt

Here is an instant check:

http://dns-ok.us/

If you see green, you are good. Red background, not so good.


39 posted on 04/20/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: mnehring

if a site doesn’t end with .gov,’it’s not likely the FBI is making any such suggestion. Wouldn’t go there for love nor money.


40 posted on 04/20/2012 7:29:24 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: JRandomFreeper

Apparently they did manage to do it on millions of computers worldwide.


41 posted on 04/20/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Millions of computers. In a world of billions.

Isn't that an order of magnitude or something?

Or, as we used to call it "Down in the noise".

/johnny

42 posted on 04/20/2012 7:35:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LegendHasIt
Not sure if this is very common knowledge but........

A couple of months ago I realized that my searches were being guided by some sort of malware. I kept ending up at sites when I was actually looking for some things that I was familiar with.

No matter what the Google or Bing would not find what I wanted.

Back on desk top, I hit programs; accessories; system tools, Internet explorer (no add ons) and then my searches began to work properly.

Perhaps this elementary and everyone else knows this stuff. I did not. I do now. Mostly using IPAD for searching these days. I.E. is seriously not supported by MS as near as I can discern.

43 posted on 04/20/2012 7:40:40 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: LegendHasIt
This story is coming up tonight on a number of outlets.

I went on the FBI site and searched for this story or press release--nothing.

So much for the news outlets checking their sources. Very bizarre.

44 posted on 04/20/2012 9:23:23 PM PDT by World'sGoneInsane (Newt!!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Did you follow the senki.org rabbit trail?

No.

But I just did, and it leads to http://www.senki.org/about-2/barrys-bio/.

FWIW.

45 posted on 04/20/2012 10:33:30 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LegendHasIt
This is such a stupid way to deal with a threat, that only our current government could have thought of it.

Or this post itself is a major fraud.

Has anyone actually tried to go to that site? I smell a rat.

46 posted on 04/20/2012 11:15:35 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: JRandomFreeper
... tracetroute winds up in a server farm somewhere near White Plains, NY.

My NeoTrace pops out:

But what do I know; I'm just a janitor near Philly. :^)

47 posted on 04/20/2012 11:48:29 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank
If you google DCWG, you will find the acronym in the urban dictionary for "don't care won't google."
48 posted on 04/21/2012 8:20:11 AM PDT by World'sGoneInsane (Newt!!!)
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To: LegendHasIt
So it's again just another

Now let's wait for Dec. 12, 2012.

49 posted on 07/10/2012 10:22:17 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: hamboy

I’m hoping that one is real.

Humanity has become too vile and stupid to live any longer.


50 posted on 07/10/2012 11:27:06 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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