FBI Preparing to Shut Down Temporary DNS Servers, Kill Unknown Number of Internet Connections

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Athlonite

I say FUCK em if your to stupid to keep your AV and Anti malware programs upto date then you don't deserve to be let loose on the internet or even to learn a little bit about how to keep an eye on your connection settings then then Fuck off till you do

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aarcane

Sounds to me the answer is the same as a standard Captive Portal setup. You simply specify that all entries forward to a specified IP address, wich serves a website saying "you were previously infexted with this virus. Here's how to fix your DNS settings"

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Nimrod

No. All of these DNS servers belong to me, i bought them. I have them here in my little wire closet. Its a good thing i have the upgraded Comcast high speed! I can restart them now if you want. I dont think their is a worm but i will do a clean install just to make sure there is not.

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shahid061

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avenger48

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BrandNewJesus

On one hand I wish they would just let them shut down.
If someone is infected, at least they will know something was wrong when things stop working.

Its not a big deal for anyone who knows anything about networking.

On the other, all the people who don't know shit will start complaining to their neighbor tech guy that their Internets are broken, and we will have to fix it. And if they are notified that they were infected, we will be asked to clean up their computer. SOOOOO...good job, don't tell them.

ON A SIDE NOTE: I fixed my neighbor computer the other day. Opened the case just to check things out. They smoke in their house. Their was so much nicotine gew stuck to the CPU cooler, I don't think it could suck any air.
My god, that was a new low.

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aca20031

If they're going to take them offline anyway the smart thing to do would be to have them resolve all domains to something like omgmycomputerisinfected.org, i.e. a temporary site to explain what happened and how to fix it. At least for a month or so.

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CPPCrispy

+1

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Markitzero

I don't have to worry all my computers on my Network are not infected and I use OpenDNS on the router even when my ISP uses Google's DNS Servers or Charter's Servers. I don't use ISP's DNS servers no matter were it is connecting to.

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aarcane

You should update from OpenDNS to Google's DNS servers anyway, regardless of whether a former ISP used them or not.

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zNelson24

A warning would have been nice, like 6 months ago ahead of time. Also, I don't see why you would need to kill off several DNS servers just because of a new virus.

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compro01

These were temporary DNS servers set up for this purpose, not normal DNS servers.

Basically, the trojan (known as zlob, aka dnschanger) sets the infected system's DNS server to an evil one which sends various sites (e.g. banks) to phishers rather than real sites.

The FBI, working with the Estonian police, took a hammer to those DNS servers last March and replaced them with their own temporary non-phishy servers to prevent disruption. Now they're shutting those servers down.

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Belboz99

You'd think the Feds could at least be nice about it and give them a warning, much in the style that when you login to some public wifi networks you're redirected to a TOS page first before going onto the world wide waste.

Also, you'd think the Feds would know how many PC's were actually using the servers on a daily basis, and perhaps postpone the disconnect until it reaches a lower level of users.

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PhilGrocholl

I think they just did..

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Supall

It shouldn't be that big of a deal. Most 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 calls from irate homeowners wondering why their internet connection is suddenly not working.

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Zoandar

If you manually set your DNS server to the Google server you folks recently recommended for increased performance, might that help protect you from this issue?

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AntonioGarrison

Did it just change the like NIC card DNS settings or the Wireless NIC cards DNS Settings?

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