Too Early To Tell If DNSChanger Was Overhyped

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Y2K - the technical world is going to come to an end
swine flu - a pandemic of epic proportion
DNSchanger - the internet world is coming to an end.

Stop already.
 

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All of them are PCs, but say that to a Mac user their Apple is a PC, they will go insane.
Then they'll be put into a loony bin and have to be hand truck around like Hannibal.
 

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[citation][nom]dncarac[/nom]Y2K - the technical world is going to come to an endswine flu - a pandemic of epic proportionDNSchanger - the internet world is coming to an end.Stop already.[/citation]

How about December 21st 2012? It seems as if people create problems for themselves so that they have SOMETHING to worry about.
 

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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]PCs are not just Macs, Macs are PCs.The Definition of PC is personal computer, and Macs are personal computers as well.So please.........[/citation]
Apple drew the line and separated their products from PCs, now you have to call Apple PCs Macs or the average user will think you are wrong. Remember they made all those commercials (full of wrong information) making sure that the average user will never call an Apple PC a PC, can't blame the media for calling Apple products Macs when that is what the company trained them to do.
 
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Hows about they just repoint dns at a "your machine is compromised by DNS changer" page... None of this pretending that they kept the dns servers up for 2 years to keep people "safe" Instead we keep it up and silently working leaving thousands infected without realizing it.

Saving a few help desks from call overload isn't the FBI's job... Hell most ISP's could have done a quick look at firewall logs and identified and notified their customers of the issue within a week of the original takedown... but instead it was plastered and a coat of pretty paint put over it hiding the problem and leaving it for the future.
 

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It isn't too early too tell one thing. The FBI failed at what they intended to do from Day 1 and over-hyped the story, while at the same time taking little of the appropriate actions they could have taken since continuing the servers operation during the 8 month period since they took control.

Ticket vending machines went down in New York for a brief period? Not even a decent example can be used anywhere in the U.S. to make the story look less overblown.

Fear mongering at its finest.
 
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is it me or was the wise thing not be:
route all malwear traffic to fbi support site where they listed free tools for removal. then a couple of week later remove the servers all together.
that way u have a couple of week of no internet but u do have support.
 

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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]PCs are not just Macs, Macs are PCs.The Definition of PC is personal computer, and Macs are personal computers as well.So please.........[/citation]

the difference is in computer literacy. and i bet there are more mac's infected with this than PC's because 98% of mac users still think they never get viruses
 

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I wouldn't say that Y2K was over hyped. If it wasn't for the hype there would have been a greater impact. We were actually impacted the DNS changer issue at work yesterday. It wasn't our PC's that we're the problem but appearently there was a server somewhere in the network chain that disabled some of our applications due to the DNS issue.
 

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Why not just have the servers redirect to a website describing the virus? If they did that for a couple of weeks before shutting the servers down then people would realize what was happening.
 
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Not too early to tell at all, anyone with half a brain and the slightest understanding of computers knows this was overhyped.
 

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[citation][nom]bweazel[/nom]Not too early to tell at all, anyone with half a brain and the slightest understanding of computers knows this was overhyped.[/citation]

i want to believe that but i know how dumb and ignorant people can be when it comes to computers
 

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1. I've heard estimates on how many people were affected range from 227,000 to 4 million. In any case, it is a very small percentage of people.

2. it is fairly easy to clean the system of this problem, if you know how. If you don't know how, it's easy to just use another computer to look it up.

3. If someone is affected and can't clean it up themselves, they probably shouldn't be on a computer to begin with. They're just too stupid to have that privilege.

So, in short, yes, it is overhyped.
 

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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]PCs are not just Macs, Macs are PCs.The Definition of PC is personal computer, and Macs are personal computers as well.So please.........[/citation]

Macs aren't PCs. They are elegant works of art that were designed in Cuppertino.
 

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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]PCs are not just Macs, Macs are PCs.The Definition of PC is personal computer, and Macs are personal computers as well.So please.........[/citation]
macs really arent PCs... PC = personal computer
macs are not personal in any way shape or form except that they are all cookie cutter slates for sheep.
 
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The only people who have hyped this up are the media, it was never a threat to the internet, the vast majority of infected computers are owned by people whom have no vested interest in the internet and without them would not cause many problems. Call your ISP and have them talk you through the fix... simple
 
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People seem to forget just how much work was put in behind the scenes on the Y2K issue in the years leading up to it. The fact that there wasn't much of an issue is more a testament to all the people working behind the scenes to patch the bug than it is to being the overhyped non-issue some people make it out to be.
 
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