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Risk of Getting Booted Off The Web On Monday.

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#1 by sp1915 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 18:57

Check your computer here: DNS Changer Check-Up - Clean

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PSA: Check Your Computer For DNSChanger Or Risk Getting Booted Off The Web On Monday
Chris Velazco

It’s something of a 21st Century nightmare — headlines are declaring that come Monday morning, thousands of people could wake up to a startling lack of Internet access all because of a crafty bit of malware. How chilling!

Well, it would be more chilling if people haven’t had plenty of advance warning. What’s more, the steps to detect and eliminate that malware — unimaginatively called “DNSChanger” — are relatively simple, so less-than-tech-savvy folk out there can take care of business with too much outside assistance.

But first, a little background. The whole sordid story began back in 2007 when DNSChanger first started making the rounds. As its name implies, one of DNSChanger’s primary functions was to fiddle with an infected computer’s DNS settings in such a way that users who attempted to surf the web would be re-routed to fraudulent sites instead. To cover its tracks, DNSChanger also prevented infected computers from accessing sites where they could download antivirus and OS security updates that would clean things up.

That being the case, users could still get online, but their view of the Internet was a bit different from ours — the group operating the servers were able to earn a considerable chunk of money by sending people to malicious sites and raking in the ad revenue. The seven men behind the widespread scam reportedly managed to score around $14 million in ill-gotten funds before they were arrested in late 2011. Interestingly, the FBI and Germany’s Information Security Agency made some adjustments and left the system running because of the number of people who would’ve been affected by pulling the plug outright.

You can guess where this is going — that plug finally comes out on July 9, which means anyone who hasn’t yet made the fix will be unable to watch their daily dose of cat videos on YouTube.

Thankfully, the process of getting yourself all squared away is terribly simple — if you haven’t yet, check this site provided by the DNS Changer Working Group to see if you’ve got anything to worry about. On the off-chance that you are infected the working group also refers to a handful of tools to clean things up, though some seem simpler than others.

And that’s all there is to it. If your machine was infected though, there’s a pretty good chance that someone else has already tried to tell you about it. Google began displaying warning messages to users they believed were affected by the DNSChanger malware in their search results back in May, and Facebook decided to do something similar one month later.

Exactly how many computers are infected by DNSChanger remains unclear at this point — the FBI pegs the number of infected at around 275,000, while some estimates reach as high as 300,000. Either way they’re not inconsiderable figures, especially considering that nearly 70,000 of those computers are reportedly based in the United States. That said, most of you savvy TechCrunch readers have probably dodged the DNSChanger bullet with ease, but it’s still worth passing the word along to the less tech-savvy folks in your lives just to be safe.
Tags: DNSchanger, psa, malware
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#2 by oberder » Sat Jul 07, 2012 23:27

:shock: That's just a few days from now ( EST timeline ) -- Got mine checked weeks beforehand, and a good number of green and clear signals from more than one site checker too :thumbup:
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#3 by DaxOnlineWork » Sun Jul 08, 2012 00:07

I am good :twisted:

But I am very eagerly waiting for the events that are supposed to happen on Monday :shock: :shock:
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#4 by oberder » Sun Jul 08, 2012 00:13

( *Offhand, and just for humor sake -- it might end the "why are there no more Tasks" threads* :lol: )

Seriously, the members have to check their gears while it's not yet too late :thumbup:
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#5 by oberder » Sun Jul 08, 2012 03:22

:idea: Just for the record ( for new users ) -- this thread is a reminder post, in relation to sp1915's original thread post found at: Is your computer infected? | ClixSense Forum

( *whew* Now that was a quick search in the Forums Archives :mrgreen: )
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#6 by sp1915 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:10

:lol: at oberders comment. Ain't that the truth though. I find it difficult to even go over there, I have patience with whining babies but adults? Very little I guess.
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#7 by DNA8nds » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:48

Nice info ... :)
I'm clean.

A few days ago in my country also reported on this outbreak.
But I have not had time to look. happened to see this post and try to translate for the member.

Thanks bro. :thumbup:
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#8 by sp1915 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 13:59

Your welcome. :)
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#9 by Eddie267 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 16:13

Im good also. Thanks for the post :thumbup:
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#10 by ronnel012188 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 19:57

Same here...
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#11 by rlutia66 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 09:25

Today was the day, right? Anyone burned by this DNSChanger?
Just curious :roll:
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#12 by oberder » Mon Jul 09, 2012 09:31

*...looks around...*

*...sees own post...*

*...looks at clock again...*


Well, I'm safe! :lol:
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#13 by buldan75 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 15:00

"sp1915 Thank you for the post :thumbup:
I am GREEN :D
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#14 by Realkiwi » Mon Jul 09, 2012 15:08

Um....it appears to have been over dramatised......as far as I have heard no one has been effected.
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#15 by valerie » Mon Jul 09, 2012 15:31

Actually, 250,000 computers were affected worldwide with 80,000 being in the USA.
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#16 by Realkiwi » Mon Jul 09, 2012 16:15

Wow, thanks - well at least I was not affected.
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#17 by DaxOnlineWork » Tue Jul 10, 2012 05:35

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#18 by sp1915 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 06:57

They seem absolutely clueless as to why their internet is not working.
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#19 by oberder » Tue Jul 10, 2012 07:00

Found one off the Web -- a similar topic, but here it points a 'rough estimate' of how many users were affected ( noting "that more than 350,000 people will lose their internet connections and around 20,000 of those are in the UK" )

:idea: Source article -- DNS Changer: Destroyer of (internet) worlds? Or "Millennium Bug" no-show? : Tech Digest

At least, this is one rootkit infection that won't be easily forgotten ;)
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