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Old 04-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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FBI warns DNSChanger virus may disrupt Internet service for millions in July

Just for your information.
There is a "FREE" link at the end of this article that will check your internet connection for this virus.

FBI warns DNSChanger virus may disrupt Internet service for millions in July
http://www.examiner.com/article/fbi-...-millions-july
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Thanks RD. I've been reading about this on several trusted sites. Checked computers this am and I'm in the clear.
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Thanks for bringing it up again. It seems to have made "new light" recently. In July 2009 it was reported for MAC's:

"Some of the known aliases for the DNSChanger Trojan Horse include OSX.RSPlug, OSX/Puper, and OSX/Jahlav."

Also during the making of "Snow Leopard," apple introduced malware protection into the software. I hope it trickled over to Lion. I also have the most recent Symantec protection installed on all my computers and they are up-to-date. Check with your virus protection vendor to see if they protect against malware and in particular this virus.
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Well, actually it chacks your computer.
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Thanks for the up date, and the link really checks your computer. I am in the clear.
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The FBI is recommending that computer owners run a simple diagnosis to determine if their machine is affected, and if so the malware can be removed before the July 9 deadline. The massive Internet fraud scheme was first detected in 2007, and the FBI set up a safety net in order to allow government computers to prevent the disruptions, safeguarding American's computers from the virus. However, due to costs, the Operation Ghost Click DNS servers will shut down on July 9, and Americans will be on their own.

Continue reading on Examiner.com FBI warns DNSChanger virus may disrupt Internet service for millions in July - Chicago Homeland Security | Examiner.com FBI warns DNSChanger virus may disrupt Internet service for millions in July - Chicago Homeland Security | Examiner.com

HOGWASH AND SLOP............... Just remember this, the EASIEST way to imprison people is simply throw a pair of handcuffs on the table, CONVINCE the people that "everyone" is wearing them now, that it is all the rage.........then leave the room, and everyone will be fighting over who gets to wear them first.

This just like the fake antivirus programs......"run our program and we will tell you if you have any issues"........:we will also implant a "bug" in your system 32 files that will generate DNS code to hijack your system at random" (this allows us to track you as we see necessary) GOOGLE does this ALL the time through GOOGLE analytics Today's AV programs such as AVAST, Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG and similar programs already take care of any DNS issues and do it quite well. It has simply taken the government a "while" to develop software code and test it for consistency, that will embed and track your system processes. I know this sounds extreme, but, I have been involved with computers, automation, and robotics for over 20 years, and the one thing that "they" have not been able to accomplish is MASS MONITORING. The private sector has developed such good AV software that the ONLY way for "outsiders" to penetrate your system is for you to voluntarily open the door by side stepping your AV program. REMEMBER, IT WAS ONCE SAID.........THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF..........if anyone would like to know how to make sure their system is secure, PM me and I can email you or even phone you if you like (I have unlimited long distance, so there is no cost to me or you) and "walk you through" on how to protect yourself from this "big brother and media scam".
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Don't become paranoid about this, and don't become complacent either. Viruses are real, and without the proper protection you are not immune. My personal opinion is that you get what you pay for, so if you have not paid for a good system to protect you computer it is important that you visit the site that will tell you if you are infected. It's a process that you don't even have to download a program. I'm going to post what I have sent to people with the link, below.

The Government is not out to infect your computer with any type of monitoring program. If they wanted to do that they would not have to have you click on anything, they could just push it to your computer, or they could imbed on any of their web sites, like IRS, any code that they wanted to to infect computers. Now how long do you think it would take the public to find out they were doing that? Just a few hours I would bet. How long do you think it would take for the public to find out that they had set up any type of trojan virus on "world-wide-computers?" Sorry, it is not being done.

Here is the info:
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Any virus is a threat, so if you are concerned visit the web site DCWG.ORG and follow the instructions. Make sure you use the instructions for the PC or the MAC, depending which you are using. I clicked and went to the English site and I'm "green." (okay).

dcwg.org - Google Search

The newsman on GMA was talking about a virus and referred listeners to DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group to see if our computers are infected.
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Fellow RV'ers, this is not a new virus. It has been around for a few years, at least back to 2009. Most anti-virus programs will catch it, and it is real. Just do a web search on DNSCHANGER virus and see what you come up with.

Safe computing is like safe...... well, let's just say you do need protection.

Visit the DCWG web site. It's safe.

Edit: p.s., I spent 23+ years in the Signals Intelligence arena, and 12 years as an Information Security Specialist at Johnson Space Center. Get protected.
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Wayne M. you may be right............but isn't this the very SAME Washington that told our GI's back in the Vietnam days that definitively they were not being exposed to chemicals and Agent Orange?

IMHO only a foolish person would believe that in this age of technology ANY government would not be capable of tracking and spying on its citizens. I am not paranoid, nor am I a skeptic, but, the www. is a free tracking environment for anybody with the tech tools to do so...................not everyone in our government has OUR best interests in mind.
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Wayne M. you may be right............but isn't this the very SAME Washington that told our GI's back in the Vietnam days that definitively they were not being exposed to chemicals and Agent Orange?

IMHO only a foolish person would believe that in this age of technology ANY government would not be capable of tracking and spying on its citizens. I am not paranoid, nor am I a skeptic, but, the www. is a free tracking environment for anybody with the tech tools to do so...................not everyone in our government has OUR best interests in mind.
It seems the old phrase, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." applies here. So does common sense. In all the years I've been online I've used exactly three AV programs. Norton AV, PC-cillan and Free AVG and I have never had a virus. The first two AV programs are paid subscriber programs and were both great at generating false negatives. AVG, on the other hand has always worked as advertised. No false negatives and has always stopped anything harmful dead in it's tracks.

I know, never say never. But the likely biggest cause of viruses is that users do not keep their AV programs up to date. They don't use the auto-update feature and rely on the manual method. If allowed to by its user, a good AV program will auto-update several times daily. Keeping those files current is a giant step to keeping a clean machine.

I'm sure everyone reading this practices good online security and maintains their AV programs religiously.
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Why in the world would a government entity put an item on a computer that would just redirect it to some random site? I really think not.

But if you really, really want to be uptight, take a look at ECHELON

Hey, I spent 20 years in the Signals Intelligence business.

The DNSChanger virus is simply that, a virus to make money by criminal elements.

Real virus writers do so with intent of notoriety, that is saying that they penetrated a system. They leave a tell tale item there to prove that, and in 99% plus of the cases, it is not malicious. The DNSChanger was not malicious in that it did not "harm" computers, but diverted browsing to sites and even illegal sites with the criminals responsible making money.

The Government may be smart and have the capabilities to place an item on computers, but how many geniuses out there write their own firewall programs? Many. How many corporations have the latest and best security? Many. With all the resource out there, any mass publication of a detectable virus would be known within hours, and then some hours after that would be where it came from. Do you not think the world would know within hours of any such intrusion?

In the case of the DNS Changer virus, the FBI arrested individuals involved and for all the DNS servers that were infected the FBI set up servers with those DNS names so that the infected servers could be cleaned. A judge gave those infected DNS Servers an extension of 4 months allowing the FBI to maintain the "interim" servers until July 9, 2012.

So, For the past several months or even a year or two, you have already been using the FBI's interim DNS servers. So if you don't want to click on a provided link to see if you are infected - that is your choice.

There is no conspiracy theory in the FBI's undertaking of this event.

Here's some information PCMag Info on DNSChanger
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My remark, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.", was meant as sarcasm. I didn't mean to imply that there was any kind of conspiracy going on. In my own experience anytime that a federal bureaucracy gets involved in something normally outside of their realm, the results are less than stellar.

When Wayne said, "The FBI's DNS servers", I took it literally that the FBI owned and operated those DNS Servers. That was an incorrect assumption. To the FBI's credit they went to the private sector. Those DNS servers are actually owned and operated by Internet Systems Consortium.

Here is an article by Paul Vixie of ISC, the guy who actually set them up for the FBI.

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