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DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

How much warning is too much warning? At what point does an excess of caution evolve into fear, uncertainty and doubt? That the DNSChanger malware failed to down internet connections across the globe on Monday, despite increasingly shrill warnings that the FBI was preparing to pull the plug on the temporary servers keeping them afloat, is undoubtedly A Good Thing. However, it highlights one of the persistent issues facing computing: the challenges in balancing caution and panic.

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DNSChanger: By the Numbers

DNSChanger: By the Numbers

Over the past week or two, we've been following the DNSChanger or "Internet Doomsday" saga as the final day approached - today - and now it's time to take a head count for what's actually happened. Despite the name, this doomsday didn't actually affect very many computers at all. In fact, according the the folks at DCWG and their study of the infection over the last couple of years, we'd just reached the lowest number of infections per DNS Top Level Domain Country Code in the history of the virus.

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Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Thousands of internet users are waking up to no web connection this morning, with the temporary servers handling those infected by DNSChanger being shut down. ISPs and the FBI had warned surfers that, had their DNS settings been changed by the malware, they would lose access to the workaround fix that had been in operation for the past few months. Estimates of how many people will be impacted today are unclear, with the numbers of those relying on the most active servers last month exceeding 100,000.

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PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

Today's malware has a deadline: get rid of DNSChanger now, or come Monday, July 9, you may find yourself without access to the internet altogether. Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world have been infected by the trojan, which changes DNS settings - among other things - so as to route web traffic through compromised servers. Now, the FBI is preparing to pull the plug on those servers - and many people's internet connection with them.

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DNSChanger malware for dummies: Sophos video explains it all

DNSChanger malware for dummies: Sophos video explains it all

Today the folks at the security group Sophos have released a simple "how to" video on the DNSChanger (or DNS Changer, if you prefer) Malware, showing how you can avoid losing your internet connection on July 9th. This information has been published by us before in the post DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it earlier this week, but for those of you that prefer a simple explanatory video instead, today we've got that for you as well.

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DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it

DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it

Time is running out for computers running the DNSChanger malware, with the FBI planning to cut infected machines off from the internet teat come Monday, but how do you know if your system is at risk? The malware reroutes internet traffic through compromised servers, opening systems up to the dangers of keylogging, pushing fake software and products, and otherwise manipulating the web experience. Thankfully, checking out the status of your computer isn't hard.

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FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world could lose access to the Internet on July 9 when the FBI plans to kill temporary servers servicing victims of a virus. That virus is called DNSChanger, and the FBI plans to shut down the temporary DNS servers that were being used to assist victims of the Internet theft ring. Any computer that still uses the servers won't be able to go online starting July 9.

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Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Believe it or not, this so-called "Internet Doomsday" you've heard about over the past week or so is a real situation - but taking care of it on your own computer is not as terrifying as the name of the day suggests. The so-called virus is called DNSChanger, and thought the fear-mongering amongst us would have all collecting water and dry food for the oncoming electrical winter, there's not actually that much to worry about. In fact, according to several internet service providers across the country, nothing significant has even appeared on their grid as the day has progressed.

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