@ACLU_Mass. A report that FBI will cause many to lose internet access in July.

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Associated Press – Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July I heard this announcment this morning and I am not sure what to make of it. I will try and find more info and post a follow-up.

Associated Press – Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press – 21 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.

I’m not sure how to read this.

Is it just a sting operation to get people to open up their computer’s to FBI perusal, or is it actually possible for the FBI, via http://www.dcwg.org, to control access to the Internet?

If it’s the latter, then we have a Big Brother scenario.

 

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