Millions of infected machines might be kicked offline March 8

By Matthew · 16 replies
Feb 16, 2012
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  1. In three weeks, the FBI could knock millions of infected systems offline by disabling some DNS servers. In November, Estonian authorities arrested six men suspected of using "DNSChanger Trojan" malware to…

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  2. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    "It certainly would be an interesting social experiment if these systems just got cut off"

    That cracks me up :)
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    That's not very "social" of an experiment to be simply "cut off" from the Internet! It's more like a society of 1 without DNS resolution.

    But the sick side of me likes the idea that these infected machines will be cut off from the rest of the Internet. It would make a clear and apparent indication that the owner needs to fix their machine. I've often wondered why more isn't done to alert system owners that an infection needs to be cleaned off. Or making available a network aware anti-virus crawler to find, report, fix, and clean the virus infected computers.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    While I hear mother saying "Play nice with others or you will be sent to your room",
    it isn't a bad choice to force those that can't to take a timeout (imo).

    Law enforement in this arena is impossible, so this approach (forcing consequences) is a good alternative.
  5. It really shouldn't be that big of a deal. Most intelligent IT departments at businesses and government institutions should have taken care of their issues. The main ones who would suffer are the IT support for ISPs getting lot's of calls from irate homeowners wondering why their internet connection is suddenly out of service.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,070   +219

    i need to invest in a filing cabinet
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    Call me dense if you will, I don't see the insinuation.
  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

  9. jester376

    jester376 TS Booster Posts: 55

    Because it would put thousands of services out of commission and thousands of people out of jobs. Companies don't want to take the chance of losing any money they could make, so they just let it fester until the client or owner notices and gets tired of it and pays to diagnose the problem and get it fixed.
  10. Good, confiscate their computers too - it's obvious they aren't fit to use one. /hatestupidpeople
  11. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I have Norton, Microsoft Essentials, and Malwarebytes, and it would seem I'm clear. Also checked with spydercanopus' website and that seems clear too.

    I should check my family's computers as well just to be sure.
  12. Doesn't cover home router - and apparently these can be infected too. Does anyone know: <1> how to check for this on a router? <2> what to do if there is an infection?
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    Thats a bit harsh. Computer illiteracy does not mean people are stupid.
  14. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    Yes it does! If you cant drive your car and constantly crash into other people cause you never bothered to learn to drive you face SERIOUS consequences.

    If you constantly download BS and get virus infected and help spambot networks send "here haz some viagra" to your friends and family you are stupid and SHOULD face consequences.

    There should be a 100$ fine and a 2 month internet suspension for everyone that gets a virus.
  15. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    As much as I'd like to agree with you, driving half to 2 tonnes of metal and plastic is not the same as using a computer. It will also not hurt anyone if you mess up, and a botnet isn't something you can instantly spot and get rid off.

    There should be a $100 fine and a 2 month internet suspension for coming up with stupid fees over the internet.

    Oops, guess I'll see you guys in 2 months.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    Thats the same as saying everyone should be fined for running over an animal. Somethings can't be avoided.

    Your suggestion above would be fining allot of people that did not have the luxury of growing up and learning all the ins and outs of a computer. It's not their fault someone programs and distributes viruses for them to walk into. If you really want to fine someone fine the sources or anyone hosting them not the destinations.
  17. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Well that could be a problem for you too then. You do realise if a real hacker decided to attack you, you wouldn't have much of a chance?

    No-one is immune to trojans etc unless they aren't connected to the internet. Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, MacOSX are coming out with security patches every month. They are endless. The only way to stop endless patching is to stop adding features to an OS and finely scrutinise and secure the code. It's just not a practical reality because you will be left behind. You can either have a machine with modern features, or no security holes and no features. Pick one.

    There also just isn't money in attacking an individual but I wouldn't be so bold to presume my system is beyond possibility of compromise.

    Do you use flash at all? If you do, and you visit even a reputable site that has flash, you are already at risk of being infected by trojans. Adservers are known to be compromised by hackers and infected flash put up.

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