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FBI will shutdown the Internet on March 8 | The Hacker News THN

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The Internet could go dark for millions of users as early as March 8 because of a virus that has corrupted computers in more than 100 countries. Last year, authorities in Estonia apprehended six men believed responsible for creating a malicious computer script called the DNSChanger Trojan. Once set loose on the Web, the worm corrupted computers in upwards of 100 countries, including an estimated 500,000 in America alone.The primary impact of this infection is that it caused web surfers to be sent to fraudulent websites by changing what is called the DNS settings on compromised computers.The Domain Name System DNS is the backbone of the Internet’s address scheme and DNS servers are special computers around the world that act as Internet traffic cops providing directions to websites that you wish to visit.Though the FBI has shut down the DNSChanger network and put up surrogate servers, they warned the solution was only temporary – and the court-ordered deadline is March 8. When the FBI pinched this group, if they had shut down the rogue DNS servers, everyone that was infected would have instantly been cut off from the Internet so the FBI chose a different strategy.They decided to get a court order allowing them to replace the rogue DNS servers with legitimate stand-ins so that all the infected computers wouldn’t get cut off without warning giving them time to get the word out.Both Windows and MacOS users are at risk for this infection because it exploits your browser, not your operating system. If you are somewhat technical, you can do a self-check of your computer to make sure you’re not infected by comparing your computer’s DNS setting to the list of rogue DNS servers:85.255.112.0 through 85.255.127.25567.210.0.0 through 67.210.15.25593.188.160.0 through 93.188.167.25577.67.83.0 through 77.67.83.255213.109.64.0 through 213.109.79.25564.28.176.0 through 64.28.191.25The FBI has published a pretty decent guide to performing the self-check here. If you are infected by the DNSChanger Trojan, the FBI reminds us that this malware also disables security updates which could have further exposed you to other malware.

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Written by edparnell

February 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Posted in Interesting, News, Tech

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  1. When the current recession hit and the economy around the world began to falter, there were a hand full of people who were unaffected. Matter of fact they thrived as the economy worsened and today are some of the wealthiest people in the world. Many of these successful individuals found their success and continue to profit from the business of Internet marketing.

    ASUS Transformer Prime

    February 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

  2. That virus was the worst one I have ever had. The best way to get rid of it is a new installation of the PC…Going to make self check once again…

    Alex Fatcow

    February 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  3. Reblogged this on quickgamer88.

    quickgamer88

    February 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm


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