"The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found' and think the Internet is broken."
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My cousin is the prince of a small nation and needs to hide his royal treasury from his corrupt advisers. If you send him your bank info, he'll cut you in on a bit of the action.
The FBI wanted to take down a botnet (surprising in itself).
The FBI realized that if it did that, it would cripple a lot of home users.
So the FBI arranged to have servers set up that would duplicate a specific function of the servers that they were going to take down.
The FBI expected that all the infected home computers would be quickly cleaned.
The FBI has realized how wrong that expectation was as many are still infected.
The FBI has decided to cut off the servers it set up any way.
Go here http://www.dns-ok.us to see if you are infected.
The FBI could make this a lot easier on everyone by telling the ISP's which machines on their networks are infected. But they do not appear to be doing that. Instead they're doing it in the fucking most stupid way possible.
Unfortunately there is no FireFox add-on for stupidity.
I'm assuming it's the same group of people who email about new work from home opportunities and that it's okay to eat eggs again (a follow up to their "DON'T EAT EGGS!" email from a month ago).
Good job! The unusual system that they set up to prevent the "appearance of government intrusion" was a couple of DNS servers that would reasonably be described as actual government intrusion.
Here's a better headline "Federal Judge authorizes FBI and security company to secretly route the web traffic of over half a million private computers for 8 months. Affected users not notified of vulnerable systems".
Given the lack of detail in the story, I went with "route the web traffic", but maybe the facts actually support "monitor the web traffic"?
Hopefully the AP did actually do some research on the story, because it does seem like a scam.
OpenDNS would have reduced the likelihood of infection but once infected, you'd no longer be using OpenDNS.
@34, update notices are made to be ignored. I guarantee that about 75% of the computers out there, Mac and PC, have update notifications going back to when the computer was new that the user has never even wondered about.
Firefox does it right, finally -- they update you without asking.
I wouldn't be surprised at all to hear the NSA/FBI had wireless monitoring drones.