Microsoft in an attempt to take down Botnet via NO-IP, effects 4 million hosts

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  1. rctlr macrumors 6502a

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    This morning Microsoft took over 23 domains from no-ip.org
    Becuase of this, and the way they handled it, 4 million legitimate users of no-ip.org have been effected, including myself - a mac user, and unaffected by the two botnets MS are trying to break.
    I agree with no-ip's comments about MS draconian way in dealing with this and at the moment there is no end in sight for them to get this resolved.

    There is some news articles about this:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/0...over_noip_domains_to_block_malware_marketing/
    http://arstechnica.com/security/201...-suffer-after-microsoft-seizes-no-ip-domains/

    No-IPs Statement:
    https://www.noip.com/blog/2014/06/30/ips-formal-statement-microsoft-takedown/
     
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    To be fair to Microsoft, they claim their move is protecting Windows users, which it probably well is doing. I doubt Microsoft could give any cares for Mac users.
     
  3. rctlr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    True, but a lot of people use no-ip for legitimate reasons, regardless of what operating system they use.
    I personally think Microsoft have been rather totalitarian - take and block the domains, let the people sort themselves out.
     
  4. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    And if they had done nothing, we'd likely be hearing from you how they don't care about Botnets or their users. :\
     
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    rctlr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The closer botnets can be destroyed to the source the better. They are warts on the internet. Innocents are just collateral damage you suppose :)
     
  6. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    It's a sad thing that they got hurt by this, but Microsoft had to do something.
     
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    And it's probably worthwhile to note that the law supports this. Not sure who's law, but somebody's.
     
  8. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    It probably is worthwhile, but I'm sure they'll get bashed for it for a while regardless.
     
  9. DipDog3 macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering why I couldn't connect to my home VPN. I guess I know now, my dynamic DNS has been taken over by MS.

    Thanks for screwing up everything, I really appreciate it Microsoft!! :mad::mad:
     

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