FBI Could Shut Off Servers

    CORRECTS YEAR TO 2012 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Hackers claim to have intercepted and leaked a sensitive conference call between cyber crime investigators at the FBI and Scotland Yard. The hacker group Anonymous has released a roughly 15-minute-long recording of what appears to be a Jan. 17 conference call devoted to tracking and prosecuting members of the loose-knit hacking group.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Manuel Balce Ceneta

    Don’t bank on sending any important emails tomorrow—you might not have Internet connection. As the FBI has worked to track down cyberthieves over the past few months, it has whittled down the number of possible infected computers to 300,000, and tomorrow it plans to shut these servers down. “Initially some domains will be cached, which will mean Web access will be spotty,” said Sean Sullivan, a security researcher at F-Secure. “People will be confused about why some things work and some do not.” Johannes Ullrich, a researcher with the SANS security institute, expects the impact to be minimal, as many of the infected systems are no longer used or maintained.

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