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Your Computer will Shut Down on Monday

Post: # 139840Post Egaladeist
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:02 am

About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access on Monday because of malicious software at the heart of a hacking scam that U.S. authorities shut down last November.
When authorities took down the rogue servers, a federal judge in New York ordered that temporary servers be kept in place while the victims' machines were repaired. The temporary servers will shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, which means the infected PCs that have not been fixed will no longer be able to connect to the Internet.
"It's a very easy one to fix," said Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research for security company Damballa. "There are plenty of tools available."

Many of the machines that remain infected are probably not in active use since most victims were notified of the problem, said security expert Johannes Ullrich, who runs the Internet Storm Center, which monitors Web threats.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/ ... 9D20120706



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Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:13 am

Yeah, it is a very easy one to fix, but several hundred thousands computer users and about 80 percent of the fortune 500 companies have ignored the issue, or just can't find the FBI site.

As of Monday, we're probably all better off without them.
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Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:39 pm

I'm still here!

Man. the silence is deafening. Anyone still around?
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Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:57 am

OK, it ain't funny any more. HEELLLLLLOOOOOOO!
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Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:42 am

Honestly I really support this. I think ISPs should be blocking PC that are filled with rancid shite. I'm sure these people would get their machines fixed a lot faster if all they could see was a holding screen that says "get your fecking PC fixed" and some links to advice.
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Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:48 pm

I'm still here!

Man. the silence is deafening. Anyone still around?
Still around :mrgreen: but been focused on repairing the damage AVG has done with their threat warnings and preventing people from accessing the websites. :(

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Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:22 pm

According to F-Secure and Sophos, some ISP's have set up workaround DNS servers for those who are still infected. I think this just exacerbates the problem. Deal with the help desk issues as they come. Don't just perpetuate the problem.

Those who still have DNSChanger on their systems probably have other stuff running rampant. I'd rather they get cut off until some sense got beat into them.
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:22 pm

Does anyone know of anyone who was affected by the shutdown of the dnschanger servers?
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:07 pm

We have around 13,000 users and none reported they can't access the internet
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:45 pm

ISPs should have replaced the DNS servers with ones that simply redirect to a page showing how to fix the problem. That way, the remaining infections get taken care of, and the affected computers get their internet switched back on.
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:04 pm

Well, that makes entirely too much sense. ;-)
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Post: # 139918Post Aspman
Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:59 pm

Even my parents are still on the web. That shocked me.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:48 pm

I read somewhere they said millions of computers worldwide were infected but it was like only 64k in the US. Pretty small figure there

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Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:33 pm

Well, initially millions. As of last weekend, there were about 300-400 thousand, with about 85K in the US.

Unfortunately, those systems that implemented a DNS workaround are just perpetuating the problem. The infected units need to be id'd and cleaned.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:45 pm

Aspman wrote:Even my parents are still on the web. That shocked me.
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