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The FBI's DNSChanger deadline extension has been approved by a US Federal Court, buying infected punters more time to clean up their systems. The move means that machines riddled with the Trojan will still be able to use temporary DNS servers to resolve internet addresses until 9 July. Before the order was granted, infected …

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Anonymous Coward

Judge is a fool

The court(s) involved did not adequately scrutinize the evidence brought before the court.

The FBI is not in the business of repairing services for many companies, they are in the business of gathering evidence. Now the FBI owns a bunch of DNS servers that other people and companies are using, and were using because it did NOT belong to the feds, or because a bot changed their DNS without their knowledge.

Now, the FBI can monitor any connection that uses those DNS addresses, and do so without any additional warrant. Either the judge let them do that intentionally, in which case, that judge(s) are simply accessories to gangster like activities, including racketearing, collusion, and conspiracy, or the judge was a fool.

You decide.

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Anonymous Coward

If you think you're

being watched.....

Now you know you are.....

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Anonymous Coward

I agree that the idea of setting up the server, while easy to justify by saying "we are just trying to help", does lead to a lot of very bad questions. Perhaps the DNS should just always point to a single site that says "you got pwned, clean up your system".

That would probably do a much better job of making people clean up systems.

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Re: pointing the DNS to a host that tells infected to clean their machines....

Now let's not get common sense involved here.

Frankly, I'm surprised they didn't do that at the onset.

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Re: pointing the DNS to a host that tells infected to clean their machines....

On the other hand, following instructions that popped up from a website telling them to 'click here to scan their PC for viruses' is probably the sort of thing that infected them in the first place so should be discouraged.

Although I suppose that does mean they're more likely to just blindly click whatever bright, colourful things are waved in front of them.

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When you pull the plug on these servers , these folks will only see that the net is not working . They will they will call there ISP a bunch of times and blame them for not helping them . What they want is a free fix . They often times can not understand that there ISP can not fix every problem preventing them from getting on the net .

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AC: Good call, because you really want to encourage the habit in users of following the instructions of a website that says your computer is infected with a virus.

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