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  • Internet Blackout coming.

    Tomorrow thousands of people will be without internet.
    Thousands of computer users may lose Internet access on Monday, when the deadline for a temporary fix to a malicious software scam shut down by the FBI last year expires.
    What is it?
    Millions of computers were infected with the so-called "Internet Doomsday" virus used in the hacking scam, which redirected Internet searches through DNS servers used by the scammers, who allegedly netted $14 million in bogus advertising revenue. After U.S. and Estonian authorities busted the malware ring last November, a federal judge ordered that the FBI use temporary servers while the malware victims' PCs were repaired. The temporary servers will shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, meaning anyone using a computer still infected with the virus will likely lose Internet access.
    "Connectivity will be lost to the Internet PERIOD," Symantec, the online security firm, said in a blog post. "If your computer is still using DNS entries that are pointing to the FBI servers on July 9, you will lose TOTAL access to the Internet. No connecting to the office from home, no updating Facebook, nothing until the DNS settings are fixed."
    How many computers have it?
    It's unclear how widespread the "blackout" will be. According to a working group set up by security experts, more than 300,000 computers remained infected as of June 11, including 69,000 in the United States. Last week, 245,000 computers were said to be still infected with the so-called Alureon virus, according online security firm Deteque, including 45,355 machines in the United States.
    Wired estimates 64,000 users in the United States and an additional 200,000 users outside the United States are still infected with the malware, "despite repeated warnings in the news, e-mail messages sent by ISPs and alerts posted by Google and Facebook." According to Internet Identity, another IT security firm, "12 percent of all Fortune 500 companies and four percent of "major" U.S. federal agencies are still infected with DNSChanger malware."
    But it's unclear how many of those machines are still in use.
    What you can do
    According to Reuters, U.S. Internet providers including AT&T and Time Warner Cable "have made temporary arrangements so that their customers will be able to access the Internet using the address of the rogue DNS servers." And the problem, security experts say, is relatively easy to fix.
    "It's a very easy one to fix," Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research for security company Damballa, told the news service. "There are plenty of tools available."
    Online security firms, Facebook and the FBI are offering free diagnostic checks for users whose computers may be infected. Here are links to several:
    • Malware check: http://dns-ok.us/
    • FBI: https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-i...sing-rogue-DNS
    • DNS Changer Working Group: http://www.dcwg.org/
    • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebo...50833689760766
    • McAfee: http://www.mcafee.com/dnscheck
    Of course, that hasn't stopped local media outlets from breathless reporting on the looming "blackout."
    "Monday morning," Alabama's WAAY-TV reported, "hundreds of thousands of Internet enthusiasts could wake up to find nothing but a dark, empty computer screen."
    The hype over a potential "blackout" threatens "to obscure what has been a highly successful effort--one of few to date--to stamp out a global online scam and malware infestation," Paul Roberts wrote on Threatpost.com. Six people were arrested in Estonia and charged with Internet fraud in the sting. A seventh, who was living in Russia, remains at large.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/...155840354.html
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    Yep, I'm good to go.
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    • #3
      Internet blackout?

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      • #4
        can someone explain like I'm 5

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        • #5
          I'm good. No blackout here.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bernie24 View Post
            can someone explain like I'm 5
            Bad people hacked dumb people. FBI found bad people. Thought about unplugging thebad peoples servers but figured out that if they did, they'd cause an outage. Now they're causing a controlled outage.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bernie24 View Post
              can someone explain like I'm 5
              Originally posted by CoryWinget81 View Post
              Bad people hacked dumb people. FBI found bad people. Thought about unplugging thebad peoples servers but figured out that if they did, they'd cause an outage. Now they're causing a controlled outage.
              That's pretty much it.


              I'm good though, but not everybody will fair well. Like the article said, it's unknown how many people will lose internet. But it's estimated to be about 300,000. 69,000 of those American.
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              • #8
                The internet shall become a smarter place... temporarily.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Remedy View Post
                  The internet shall become a smarter place... temporarily.
                  Too bad that didn't prove to be true...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ebsoria View Post
                    Too bad that didn't prove to be true...
                    hahah yeah... Every time I think of the internet.. this is what pops into my mind..


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Remedy View Post
                      hahah yeah... Every time I think of the internet.. this is what pops into my mind..


                      What pops into your mind.....Obi Wan or the saying?

                      As far as the "malware scare" it never really turned out to be as big as those who let on....
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FLBroncFan View Post
                        What pops into your mind.....Obi Wan or the saying?

                        As far as the "malware scare" it never really turned out to be as big as those who let on....
                        Most everyone I talked to in this area lost internet connection for about 10 minutes.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CoryWinget81 View Post
                          Most everyone I talked to in this area lost internet connection for about 10 minutes.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FLBroncFan View Post
                            What pops into your mind.....Obi Wan or the saying?

                            As far as the "malware scare" it never really turned out to be as big as those who let on....
                            Most internet scares fail to live up to hype. Which is a good thing in some cases.
                            It would be nice to get on a social networking site and not have to see the same people complaining about their life and why theirs is the worst of all time.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InsaneBlaze23 View Post
                              Most internet scares fail to live up to hype. Which is a good thing in some cases.
                              It would be nice to get on a social networking site and not have to see the same people complaining about their life and why theirs is the worst of all time.
                              Very true....would be nice to not see the same tired pictures/memes/thoughts posted on Facebook from this guy I friended.....not sure if it would be PC to unfriend him, though.....he's Canadian.
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