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FBI Secures Warrant To Kill Internet Access To 4 Million Users
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FBI Secures Warrant To Kill Internet Access To 4 Million Users

Quote:The FBI plans to kill internet access to 4 millions users to eradicate DNS spoofing software, similar to the kind Anonymous threatens to use to shutdown the entire Internet.

In an unprecedented move to combat online hackers, the FBI has obtained a warrant from U.S. courts authorizing them to cut off internet access to 4 million online users on March 8th. The warrant gives the FBI to throw the Internet kill switch as part of efforts to eradicate the Internet of software that changes DNS traffic, a common protocol used to find address of websites and other servers on the Internet.

A report from The Blaze states” Krebs on Security reports that the malware — DNSChanger Trojan — has infected more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries thanks to the work of six men who were arrested in Estonia for the crime in Nov. 2011. Gizmodo reports that the virus causes the user to be sent to fraudulent websites by changing DNS settings and even prevents them from visiting security sites that could help rid them of the virus.”

In possibly related news, the Hacker Group Anonymous has threatened to use similar software to shutdown the entire Internet on March 31st, nearly 3 weeks after the FBI plans to throw their own kill switch to eliminate the DNS spoofing software from the Internet.

In an unprecedented move, the FBI may cut off Internet access to millions of people on March 8th to try to rid the country of a Trojan. Millions of computers are infected worldwide—maybe even yours.

The DNSChanger Trojan originated in Estonia and might be lurking undetected on as many as a half-million computers in the United States, according to Brian Krebs. It has been found on the computers at half of all Fortune 500 companies and at 27 government agencies. The Trojan changes an infected computer’s DNS settings to send users to fraudulent websites. What’s more, the worm is particularly malicious in that it also prevents you from visiting security websites that might diagnose or fix the problem. While the men authorities suspect are behind the Trojan have been arrested, the Feds, working in concert with the Estonian government, have yet to put the final kill on the worm’s botnet.

That’s where the Internet shutdown comes in. The FBI has a court order allowing it to set up temporary replacement DNS servers so that those with infected computers or networks can get the worm off of their systems. The court order, however, expires on March 8th. Unless that order gets extended, anybody who hasn’t cleaned up their act before it expires, might get cut off from the Internet altogether.


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Mfw everyone is a noob. Jesus christ, this is their solution? Has to be ulterior motives, that's not even fucking reasonable. Like, at all. That's the dumbest fucking plan I think I've ever fucking heard lol.

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(02-17-2012 12:37 PM)Absentinsomniac Wrote:  Mfw everyone is a noob. Jesus christ, this is their solution? Has to be ulterior motives, that's not even fucking reasonable. Like, at all. That's the dumbest fucking plan I think I've ever fucking heard lol.

It really is. People can't just wipe their harddrives? The FBI as to use an internet kill switch. Oh and this just shows that if the government wanted to they could cause an internet "blackout".

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Stock your linux e-twinkies folks. Internet nuclear apocalypes is about to begin.

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The Mayans indeed meant 2012 was the end of the universe...

If anonymous does anything they need to fuck with the FBI and such ONLY not shut down the entire internet...fucking anonymous "herp derp yeah shutting down PSN for a month is going to..." to what? I was going to put something witty and clever BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD ACCOMPLISH.

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(02-17-2012 01:34 PM)StadiumArcadium Wrote:  The Mayans indeed meant 2012 was the end of the universe...

If anonymous does anything they need to fuck with the FBI and such ONLY not shut down the entire internet...fucking anonymous "herp derp yeah shutting down PSN for a month is going to..." to what? I was going to put something witty and clever BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD ACCOMPLISH.

One thing to remember is "anonymous" is not truly a tangible "they". It is just random ass people abusing anonymity. Sometimes for good, sometimes for lulz. Either way it isn't impressive to me.

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lol

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So, the FBI wants to destroy internet acess to its citizens and even other countries that should not be on their juridictions, but they do it for the "greater good of all".

No big deal.
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^ No big deal? They now have the ability to shut down massive portions of the Internet, if not all of it, as long as they get a court order. Think Arab spring... If their governments had the ability to completely shut-down the Internet, do you really think they would have been as successful? (Yes, some of them tried, but few of them were actually any good at it.)

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(02-18-2012 05:48 AM)Absentinsomniac Wrote:  ^ No big deal? They now have the ability to shut down massive portions of the Internet, if not all of it, as long as they get a court order. Think Arab spring... If their governments had the ability to completely shut-down the Internet, do you really think they would have been as successful? (Yes, some of them tried, but few of them were actually any good at it.)

I think I detected sarcasm in luiz's post. lol

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I can never tell with him lol... Like that thread a few days/hours ago or whatever.

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I was talking about how it was not a big deal to the FBI that they don't know how to solve problems without causing other problems
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Sounds like a good way to limit alternate media for when they do crazy shit so people can be unaware.

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We could all be on the list :O

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Its not like they couldn't do it, but the gov has shown itself to incapable of doing anything with the internet.
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How exactly is this supposed to solve anything at all, or benefit anyone at all? Confused

I mean srsly, take your damn computer to a repair shop, or format it or something. WTF does this even have to do with the FBI at all? Suspicious

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(02-19-2012 10:20 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  How exactly is this supposed to solve anything at all, or benefit anyone at all? Confused

I mean srsly, take your damn computer to a repair shop, or format it or something. WTF does this even have to do with the FBI at all? Suspicious
You know...terrorists and child rapists...n shit.

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