DNS Changer Malware Back in the News

by Director of Intergalactic Communications and Marketing on July 5, 2012

Even though it has been widely reported, there may be thousands that will lose their internet connection on Monday. This malware affects PC and Macintosh computers.

From the Associated Press which is being picked up by hundreds of news sites:

Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. Of those still infected, the FBI believes that about 64,000 are in the United States.

Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.

 

To check whether your computer is infected,  you should visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: http://www.dcwg.org .

The site includes links to respected commercial sites that will run a quick check on the computer, and it also lays out detailed instructions if users want to actually check the computer themselves.

The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.

In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.

That temporary system will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, July 9. If your computer is infected you will lose your internet connection.

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