July 9th is for some becoming known as “Internet Doomsday”.  Six months ago 6 Estonian nationals were arrested and charged with hijacking millions of computers around the world by using malware and rogue DNS servers.  In response to the mass impact on U.S. computers the FBI created a safety net that would protect computer users from being infected. This safety net however is set to be removed July 9th.

So you may ask “What can I do?” Check your computer for the virus!!! you can do this by visiting FBI’s website DNS-OK to see if your computer has been infected.  If you are in the “red” or even if you are in the “green” take the precaution to visit dcwg.org which will tell you what to do if your computer is in danger. Better safe than sorry!

What is the DNS Changer Malware?
On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital”, and distributed DNS changing viruses, variously known as TDSS, Alureon, TidServ and TDL4 viruses. You can read more about the arrest of the Rove Digital principals here, and in the FBI Press Release.

What does the DNS Changer Malware do?
The botnet operated by Rove Digital altered user DNS settings, pointing victims to malicious DNS in data centers in Estonia, New York, and Chicago. The malicious DNS servers would give fake, malicious answers, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware showed users an altered version of the Internet.

Under a court order, expiring July 9, the Internet Systems Consortium is operating replacement DNS servers for the Rove Digital network. This will allow affected networks time to identify infected hosts, and avoid sudden disruption of services to victim machines.

How Can I Protect Myself?
This page describes how you can determine if you are infected, and how you can clean infected machines. To check if you’re infected, Click Here. If you believe you are infected, here are instructions on how to clean your computer.

http://www.dcwg.org/

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