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FBI to shut down DNSChanger servers Monday -- but should it cut off 300k PCs?

nk497 (1345219) writes | more than 2 years ago

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nk497 writes "The FBI is set to pull the plug on DNSChanger servers on Monday, leaving as many as 300,000 PCs with the wrong DNS settings, unable to easily connect to websites — although that's a big improvement from the 4m computers that would have been cut off had the authorities pulled the plug when arresting the alleged cybercriminals last year.

The date has been pushed back once already to allow people more time to sort out their infected PCs, but experts say it's better to cut off infected machines than leave them be. "Cutting them off would force them to get ahold of tech support and reveal to them that they’ve been running a vulnerable machine that’s been compromised," said F-Secure's Sean Sullivan. "They never learn to patch up the machine, so it’s vulnerable to other threats as well. The longer these things sit there, the more time there is for something else to infect.""

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Such timing.... (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#40545141)

To some extent they should have pulled the plug 250000 infected machines ago.

The one good thing I can say about my ISP is that they make anti virus
tools available for free on WindowZ. I know that it minimizes traffic on
their nets.... which saves them money. Other tools and other OS friendly
interactions are needed.

Now they need to embrace P2P for the likes of Netflix and other
on demand services and further maximize the use of their services.

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