Skip to comments.Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns
Posted on 04/26/2012 2:30:18 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
The FBI is warning that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their Internet connections come July, unless they take steps to diagnose and disinfect their computers.
The problem is related to malware called DNSChanger that was first discovered way back in 2007 and that has infected millions of computers worldwide.
In simple terms, when you type a Web address into your browser, your computer contacts DNS (or Domain Name System) servers to find out the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the site you're trying to reach, and then it takes you there. DNSChanger fiddled with an infected machine's settings and directed it to rogue servers set up by a crime ring -- servers that handed out addresses to whatever sites the ring chose.
As a U.S attorney said in an FBI press release, the crooks "were international cyberbandits who hijacked millions of computers at will and rerouted them to Internet Web sites and advertisements of their own choosing -- collecting millions in undeserved commissions for all the hijacked computer clicks and Internet ads they fraudulently engineered."
Late last year, however, the FBI disrupted the ring and seized the rogue servers. And since so many infected computers relied on the servers to reach the Internet, the agency opted not to shut them down and instead converted them to legitimate DNS machines.
Running the machines costs the government money, though,so they're being switched off in July. If your computer is infected with DNSChanger then, the Web -- for you -- will no longer exist.
The DNSChanger Working Group (DCWG), the body set up to oversee the servers, has created a Web site to help you diagnose your machine and, if necessary, remove DNSChanger. You can check it out at www.dcwg.org. And it's probably not a bad idea to do so sometime before, say, July 8 (the DCWG says the servers will be shut down the following day).
I don’t understand. Why doesn’t the FBI give the fix to Symantec, ZoneAlarm, Norton, Malwarebyes etc?
I don’t understand. Why doesn’t the FBI give the fix to Symantec, ZoneAlarm, Norton, Malwarebytes etc?
Yes it did, but not with the DNS Changer, it means other types of infections, since it only checks for the one thing.
I have Norton, and last week I started getting email errors..lots of them. I called Norton for help since I’m no wiz at computers. Spent about an hour with them and they said it was fixed. Well, I don’t get the errors anymore, but today I did a full system scan and had 150 files of Trojan.smoaler and Trojan.gen that were supposedly resolved by the scan. I’ve never had that many attacks before, ever.
Thanks for the recommendations. My computer is getting old. I’ve had it for about 7 years. It whines. I’m just waiting, waiting for the hard drive to fail. It may be time or a good excuse to get a new one. :-)
PapaBear, that would have actually required logic. Can’t have logic and rational thought sneaking its way into a bureaucracy! ;)
This isn’t the worst thing in the world. Given the likely Presidential matchup, I won’t have much interest in politics then.
Only saw one of those items besides this thread... Will have to look into that Navy story.
The Muslim thing with Egyptian law though - that’s got me really scratching my head. I wasn’t aware there were ANY religious, social, or political groups that advocate for acceptance of necrophilia - pretty sure that’s a “no-no” for ALL religions I’m aware of. I’m not naive, and I’m sure there are “cults” or perhaps several individuals in a “group” of some sorts that may participate in such behavior, but to “decriminalize” it... very strange.
"We're headin' out West, we heard there might be some Internet there, so we're headin' out Californee-way."
What do you think is the best security system?
What do you think is the best security system? Don’t you assume if this is bad that the FBI will voluntarily share the information with Norton?
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