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2012-05-23 08:36:30 PM
This is better than the FBIs tactic of pushing "omg the Internet is going to break!" articles. Directly message the few affected users instead.

But, most people have been appropriately conditioned not to click on "zomg your computer is infected with a virus" bad ads, so I wonder how many will think that's what googles message is.
 
2012-05-23 09:49:19 PM
Google warns users infected with DNSChanger as web outage n---BOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGGGG!!!!!
 
2012-05-23 09:52:27 PM
FTFA: "Let's face it, Google is basically a central piece of infrastructure now, and as such they have a responsibility to do their part to keep the pipes clean,"

Oh, my!
 
2012-05-23 10:12:17 PM
They should have just shutdown the whole thing. What they did was borderline criminal by enabling whatever other payloads these machines had running to go unchecked.
 
2012-05-24 12:37:56 AM
"Let's face it, Google is basically a central piece of infrastructure now, and as such they have a responsibility to do their part to keep the pipes clean," said Andrew Storms

No they don't. The only responsibility is that of the user. They have a responsibility to maintain their systems. If you can't accept that responsibility, then be prepared to be held liable for what your system(s) do or pull the plug. I, for one, don't make time to coddle the willfully ignorant.
 
2012-05-24 12:49:18 AM
So... is this a botnet thing?
 
2012-05-24 12:57:44 AM

Revek: They should have just shutdown the whole thing. What they did was borderline criminal by enabling whatever other payloads these machines had running to go unchecked.


How better to study what info these thieves are getting. Of course they are amateurs compared to google at collecting data.


Now that I think about it, does this give the government free reign to sift through all this data without a warrant? I may have to send my tin foil hat to the cleaners.
 
2012-05-24 01:07:26 AM

devine:
Now that I think about it, does this give the government free reign to sift through all this data without a warrant? I may have to send my tin foil hat to the cleaners.


Remember, always clean and maintain your tin foil hat yourself. Anyone can be part of the conspiracy, and anyone specifically offering to clean your foil is definitely in on it.
 
2012-05-24 01:09:46 AM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: "Let's face it, Google is basically a central piece of infrastructure now, and as such they have a responsibility to do their part to keep the pipes clean,"

Oh, my!


img242.imageshack.us
Expected post-cleaning reaction pic?
 
2012-05-24 01:10:09 AM

serial_crusher:
But, most people have been appropriately conditioned not to click on "zomg your computer is infected with a virus" bad ads, so I wonder how many will think that's what googles message is.


Of course the people most likely to be infected are most likely to click it anyways!
 
2012-05-24 01:13:25 AM
One of my USB ports has a thick yellowish/ greenish discharge.
Should I be concerned?
 
2012-05-24 01:40:15 AM

Marine1: So... is this a botnet thing?


Box up your "computer" and send it back.
 
2012-05-24 01:40:29 AM

Mr. Potatoass: One of my USB ports has a thick yellowish/ greenish discharge.
Should I be concerned?


You need protection

us.123rf.com
 
2012-05-24 08:02:06 AM
My GF swears that this is a government conspiracy to get people to, no kidding, go to the FBI website. Apparently they can find out every bad thing you ever did just because you went to FBI.gov, or at least they'll open up a file on you if they didn't have one already. Sweet girl, but unfamiliar with technical reality.
 
2012-05-24 08:53:44 AM

PirateKing: My GF swears that this is a government conspiracy to get people to, no kidding, go to the FBI website. Apparently they can find out every bad thing you ever did just because you went to FBI.gov, or at least they'll open up a file on you if they didn't have one already. Sweet girl, but unfamiliar with technical reality.


Also, prone to believing irrational and poorly conceived victimization scenarios and conspiracy theories. Might I suggest being careful she doesn't turn that penchant toward a target closer to home?
 
2012-05-24 09:49:06 AM

PirateKing: My GF swears that this is a government conspiracy to get people to, no kidding, go to the FBI website. Apparently they can find out every bad thing you ever did just because you went to FBI.gov, or at least they'll open up a file on you if they didn't have one already. Sweet girl, but unfamiliar with technical reality.


Picking her up probably wasn't that difficult:

"Quick, my penis is being used as an antenna for the government! The only solution is to hide it in your vagina!"

/kudos to you sir
 
2012-05-24 10:14:20 AM
suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com

The Internet does not work that way!
 
2012-05-24 10:29:04 AM

PirateKing: My GF swears that this is a government conspiracy to get people to, no kidding, go to the FBI website. Apparently they can find out every bad thing you ever did just because you went to FBI.gov, or at least they'll open up a file on you if they didn't have one already. Sweet girl, but unfamiliar with technical reality.


She is unaware of just how correct she is. Mu hu hwa ha haaaaa...
 
2012-05-24 11:27:34 AM
I just started working for a local ISP, computer repair company. I've had three of these computers, they're a biatch
 
2012-05-24 02:36:26 PM

devine: Revek: They should have just shutdown the whole thing. What they did was borderline criminal by enabling whatever other payloads these machines had running to go unchecked.

How better to study what info these thieves are getting. Of course they are amateurs compared to google at collecting data.


Now that I think about it, does this give the government free reign to sift through all this data without a warrant? I may have to send my tin foil hat to the cleaners.


No, the feds took over a ip block belonging to the scammers. Instead of just shutting it down they decided to help out all those infected people by providing clean dns servers. By doing this they allowed many infected computers to continue to operate.
 
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