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350,000 infected PCs to lose Internet access in July

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Apr 2012 19:12 User comments (9)

350,000 infected PCs to lose Internet access in July The FBI has made it clear today that all Internet users should check their PCs for infection by the "DNSChanger" malware, which is expected to leave 350,000 people without Internet past July 9th.
The malware is a DNS redirector, and at its peak infected over 4.2 million computers.

Last year, the FBI took down an Internet "fraud ring" via a sting operation dubbed "Operation Ghost Click." Six Estonian nationals were arrested after the operation, with the malware allegedly bringing them $14 million in revenue.

As DT explains, the malware worked as follows: "When you click on a link to a website or type in its URL, your computer sends a request to a DNS server, which translates the URL into the appropriate IP address. The IP address is sent back to your browser, which can then find the website in question. The DNSChanger would hijack the requests of infected users and redirect the requests to their own DNS servers. Their DNS servers would then translate the URLs into an illegitimate IP address and trick the browser into displaying a different website. Essentially, trying to access YouTube could send you to a porn site."

The ring made the money because redirected users were sent to websites of the fraud ring's customers who were paying for traffic from users who also clicked on ads.

Millions were infected but the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) has cleaned all but 350,000 of the infected PCs.

Check here to see if you need to worry: http://www.dcwg.org/detect/

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9 user comments

123.4.2012 8:05

Some people need new hobbies.........

223.4.2012 11:52

link doesn't work, get a "Service Unavailable. Please try again later." error message.

323.4.2012 12:25
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

That means your infected ddp... jk.. but seriously I know I had this virus or something similar because at one point I could not go to any of the major anti-virus websites, they would be 404 or I would end up some place with a ton of ads.

423.4.2012 13:07

Originally posted by ddp:
link doesn't work, get a "Service Unavailable. Please try again later." error message.
Don't listen to SmaryJerry... I was using FireFox & I have it so tweaked out with AdBlock & No Script that it sends back the same error message; but when I fired up Google Chrome it reported back that I was just fine.

I recommend firing up another browser & seeing if the URL goes ahead & works. If one or another browser doesn't work... THEN start to worry.

523.4.2012 18:08

my ie8 comes up with that error but my firefox 3.6.24 links ok & says i'm ok.

623.4.2012 22:43

350,000 seems like a small number of pc users; maybe they have no business using the internet in the first place and we'll probably see a decline in posts here at afterdawn

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Apr 2012 @ 22:44

your conscience doesnt absolve your guilt

725.4.2012 16:07

So much for the user who claimed only a moron could get a virus because they shouldn't click on stupid icons and such. On the other hand there could easily be over 4 million morons in the world.

825.4.2012 16:23

Here is a good site that will check your computers vulnerability.I got it from an IT specialist.

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

94.5.2012 15:08

Originally posted by JST1946:
Here is a good site that will check your computers vulnerability.I got it from an IT specialist.

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
This is Steve Gibsons site. If you want more, check out his podcast on TWIT. It's called Security Now and it's very good.

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