Security Corner – Are you infected with DNS Malware?

Anyone whose computer is infected with the DNS malware has until July to fix it or lose Internet access.

Last November, Federal authorities shut down an international conspiracy (click here to read more from the FBI website) that caused over four million computers to connect to fraudulent web pages when users logged onto Netflix, the US Internal Revenue Service, Apple's iTunes and other web sites. Defendants, reportedly from Eastern Europe, allegedly made a profit of over $14 million by infecting Macs and Windows computers with a malware called DNS Changer, which causes computers to rely on rogue DNS (domain name system) servers deployed by the attackers. These attackers received a payment each time a rogue page was opened because they had entered into advertising agreements awarding them fees based on the number of times links for certain websites were clicked on. This malware, as a result, brought victims to websites they never would have seen had their systems been uninfected. The malware also kept them from reaching antimalware sites, therefore preventing them from disinfecting their computers.

In July of this year, the FBI plans to shut down DNS servers that are currently providing PCs infected with the DNS Changer malware with the ability to translate domain names into IP addresses. And the FBI has put out a public appeal, advising consumers and businesses to scan their computers and routers for infection.

Click here to determine if your machine is infected. For more information on the FBI action, click here.

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