The countdown is on for the FBI's "planned interruption" of the internet on March 8th.
The European Union Times reports concerns by the Kremlin that this is a move by the United States government to further crack down on "dissidents". Russian computer security experts claim to have provided the FBI with a simple fix to disable the DNSchanger Trojan without interrupting internet service, but say that the repair was rejected as the FBI proceeds with plans to make the internet go dark.
On March 8th, the FBI and friends are going to be effectively going in to your computer to allegedly seek out and destroy this virus.
If the virus is affecting your computer you will no longer be able to access the internet with that machine, lest your personal computer become the typhoid Mary of the internet.
This brings many questions to my admittedly less-than-technical mind.
Could this be a big coverup for a warrantless peek inside the computers of America?
Could this be a way to install government spyware via their own trojan - into our computers?
Could the internet going dark be a giant "reboot" to activate whatever was installed in our computers?
Could this be a way to diffuse information during a false flag event planned by our own government?
Could this be a way to limit communication as patriots are rounded up under the NDAA?
There are a few ways we can try to protect ourselves from these potential attacks on our privacy and communications.
1.) BACK UP all of your information. Back up your systems, print hard copies and save your files to disc or USB drive. This will save your work and information in the event of a crash or a system wipe from outside sources.
2.) Not only is the internet a way out - it's a way in. Consider shutting down your home internet connection for a couple of days to protect your system during this sweep. Turn off and unplug all devices. Disconnect your router and/or modem.
3.) Educate yourself on the potential of Trojan Horse Warrants and government-sanctioned cyber-snooping.
5.) Clean up your computer. Run a defrag, clear your caches and histories, delete any temporary files and empty your recycle bins.
6.) Install firewalls and antivirus software. There are many of these on the market, and some are free downloads. Find a trusted brand and install it on your computer immediately. Turn the protection all the way up to the highest settings. These programs will help keep out "intruders" whether they are government cyberthugs or general malicious hackers.
7.) Always log out of anything that requires registration. Being logged in to your email, Facebook or Google accounts open a doorway. Anything that you do on your computer can be tracked when you are logged in to any program or website that deposits a cookie. It's the equivalent of going to the bathroom with the door open.
March 8th could be the end of the internet as we know it today or just a temporary lull in service. Either way, using this as impetus to protect your system is a good idea. The intrusions will continue to be more bold as time goes on and more people wake up to the threats of the current regime.
If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security.
~ Samuel Adams, 1779