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originally posted by: aLLeKs
originally posted by: VoidHawk
originally posted by: MinangATS
a reply to: Millions
Over at the Register website in England is an article that explains it.
Basically the Malware is already out there infecting machines. It makes your infected machine into a botnet which is controlled from a central source. Your computer would "phone home" contact this server to get instructions and send password and bank info found on your machine.
What the FBI and England Police did was find this server and block access to it from the internet. The two weeks or less is the time that a person has to clean their machine of the malware, before the creators create a new server in a different location and take back control of your infected machine.
So how will the infected computers know where the new server is?
I'm assuming the virus would have the IP of the old server, so unless its got back up IP's (which ought to be known to the fbi), it cant phone home, can it?
It is called DNS, you basically connect to a website-like address which then converts it to the IP. If the feds take down the servers, you can change the registry of that DNS to the new IP