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DNSChanger Trojan may cause thousands to lose internet access

Posted at 06 July 2012 21:31 CEST by Kerry Brown

As many as 45,000 Americans may lose internet access on Monday due to an infection on their computers.  A criminal group called Rove Digital released the DNSChanger trojan, and made millions of dollars scamming their victims.  They were eventually shut down by the authorities, but those infected with the trojan would have lost the ability to connect with the net months ago if law enforcement had completely shut down the servers that made the scheme work.  In the US, the FBI worked with a non-profit organization, Internet Systems Consortium,  to provide access for those who were infected, but that arrangement expires on Monday,  July 9th.

So it is imperative to check your computer and make certain that you are not one of those infected.  The FBI has set up a website where you can check for the infection.  It can be found here.

If you are outside the US, you may have another checking site available for your country.  The list of those sites can also be found at the FBI website.  Click this link to see the list.

You can read about the DNSChanger Trojan at The Guardian.

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There are 10 comments

Zathros
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 07 Jul 12 04:34
    Who are the makers of these rubbers, and will they be held accountable!
    StormJumper
    Retired Moderator
    Posted on: 07 Jul 12 06:25
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Zathros
      Who are the makers of these rubbers, and will they be held accountable!
      They have already been arrested back in late 2010 and early 2011 and are in the process of prosecution, the FBI found the evidence on computers that was seized during the raids.
      cholla
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 07 Jul 12 15:47
        I appear to be not infected from what the test shows but to know for sure will need to test again after July 9 ,2012.
        If you do the test it explains why.
        In reading the information if you have a correctly password (your own password) protected router it is unlikely you are infected.
        StormJumper
        Retired Moderator
        Posted on: 07 Jul 12 20:56
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by cholla
          I appear to be not infected from what the test shows but to know for sure will need to test again after July 9 ,2012.
          If you do the test it explains why.
          In reading the information if you have a correctly password (your own password) protected router it is unlikely you are infected.
          If you don't lose your Internet come July 9 there is no need to recheck for the infection because the 'DNSChanger Trojan' is no longer being distributed around.
          StormJumper
          Retired Moderator
          Posted on: 09 Jul 12 08:25
            If you don't lose your Internet you may still be infected...

            Some providers may put technical solutions in place that will correct the server problem that could hit some computers after midnight EDT Sunday. It they do, the Internet will work, but the malware will remain on victims' computers and could pose future problems, course there are many people who believe that federal authorities are only trying to spy on them or take over the Internet. Blogs and other Internet forums are riddled with postings warning of the government using the malware as a ploy to breach American citizens' computers.

            Read the full story-> Here

            SJ
            DukeNukem
            MyCE Resident Commenter
            Posted on: 11 Jul 12 16:23
              I'm in Canada and no problems for me. Then again, I'm smart enough to have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on my PC.
              AllanDeGroot
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 11 Jul 12 18:44
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by StormJumper
                If you don't lose your Internet you may still be infected...

                Some providers may put technical solutions in place that will correct the server problem that could hit some computers after midnight EDT Sunday. It they do, the Internet will work, but the malware will remain on victims' computers and could pose future problems, course there are many people who believe that federal authorities are only trying to spy on them or take over the Internet. Blogs and other Internet forums are riddled with postings warning of the government using the malware as a ploy to breach American citizens' computers.

                Read the full story-> Here

                SJ
                The "Tin foil hat club" will always believe that someone is spying on them

                These people suffer from the tragic dilusion that they are actually interesting enough to watch to prevent the watcher from becoming suicidal.
                ChristineBCW
                MyCE Die Hard
                Posted on: 11 Jul 12 19:33
                  Allan, that's tinfoil-keyboard to you!
                  StormJumper
                  Retired Moderator
                  Posted on: 11 Jul 12 21:10
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
                    The "Tin foil hat club" will always believe that someone is spying on them

                    These people suffer from the tragic dilusion that they are actually interesting enough to watch to prevent the watcher from becoming suicidal.
                    lol yeah that could be true, I for one don't worry about that sort of stuff.

                    Although if the FBI or the watcher as you call them are, most like it is was a way to find hackers and other such criminals by re-routing Internet users to their servers which the court order the servers to be shut down.

                    Another X-Factor conspiracy
                    AllanDeGroot
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 12 Jul 12 01:18
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by ChristineBCW
                      Allan, that's tinfoil-keyboard to you!
                      I'll stick with tin-foil hat.

                      I know a couple of people that I san set into an hour long anti-microsoft rant just by mentioning a few features of Windows media player 11 or 12.

                      And can make them actually "foam" just by commenting on the improvements to XP that came with service pack 3

                      THEY actually believe that "WGA" is all about spying on EVERYBODY
                      instead of what it is... Microsoft obeying what lawyers call "Rule #1",
                      "Always make sure you get paid"

                      To believe you are being spied on when you aren't a criminal, spy, terrorist or, god forbid! a dairy farmer who is selling unpasteurized milk (Horrors!) is prima facia evidence that you have "Dillusions of grandeur"

                      And the fact that our streets aren't littered with FBI and Homeland security officers who have shot themselves, slit their own wrists, hung themselves, etc... out of sheer boredom is proof it (spying) isn't happening.

                      BTW, I'm not forgetting that if you want a definition of "insane" look to the EU where it is literally illegal to say "Drinking water can prevent Dehydration"

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