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I don't think we will live to see that day. I would love to though.
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They might be able to break the internet but they can't break my intranet
    
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
Conficker is not a botnet...
Conficker is a computer worm targeting the Microsoft Windows operating system that was first detected in November 2008. It uses flaws in Windows software and dictionary attacks on administrator passwords to propagate while forming a botnet.
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It's a worm not a rootkit,so in this case i am safe
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And Amazons servers would take that sleeping. I don't really see how having a bunch of computers attacking an internet hub is different from usual traffic.
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Originally Posted by AMDPhenomX4 View Post
And Amazons servers would take that sleeping. I don't really see how having a bunch of computers attacking an internet hub is different from usual traffic.
Not everyone is doing DNS requests all the time. In fact, your computer caches DNS resolutions, you don't actually ask for an address all that often. And one step further, some secondary and/or tertiary DNS servers cache as well.

If you have 10 million computers doing DNS requests to the root servers constantly, it would not be difficult to bring it to it's knees. However, I imagine that those servers have DDOS protection, in the sense that it should start temporarily blocking IP's that make too many requests in a second/minute/hour.

EDIT:
/*Trying to verify this info, I may have heard of it second hand:

Actually, if I recall correctly, Windows Millennium made it so that all the DNS requests would go directly to the root DNS servers. They figured that it would make internet performance better as it would remove the middleman from the equation (unless you were on a domain). Until it was patched, they managed to unintentionally DDOS the root servers.

So for a moment in time, Windows Millennium went from a metaphorical virus, to an actual virus.*/
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That's a interesting thought. Although I'm more interested in viruses that plant themselves in firmware and BIOS.
 
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Glad I mostly run on Linux.
    
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Originally Posted by AMDPhenomX4 View Post
And Amazons servers would take that sleeping. I don't really see how having a bunch of computers attacking an internet hub is different from usual traffic.
It would be different in the way that 10 million computers will be accessing the same website at exactly the same time. Remember when Michael Jackson died, the Google servers got overloaded and that was Google.
    
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