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Will Your Internet Access Be Cut Off on Monday (July 9th, 2012)?

By July 7, 2012

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The odds of you personally being affected are very small. However, an estimated tens of thousands of people around the world could have their Internet access effectively blocked on Monday when certain DNS servers are shut off. It all has to do with the fallout from a piece of malware named DNSChanger. If your network isn't infected by DNSChanger, this server shutdown has no impact on your Internet access. If your network is infected, however, the shutdown will cause your Web browsing to stop functioning. Fix it by changing your DNS settings to point to valid servers, either those maintained by your Internet service provider or by a third-party service like OpenDNS.

How can you tell if you're infected? Try using the www.dns-ok.ca Web site. More - Last Chance to Remove DNSChanger (cbc.ca)

DNSChanger is the name of an Internet trojan estimated to have infected millions of computers around the world. In a nutshell, DNSChanger (incorrectly reported in some outlets as "DNSCharger") redirects your Internet traffic to unsafe Web sites by modifying your computer's or router's DNS settings to point to malicious DNS servers. When the perpetrators behind the trojan were caught last year, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations oversaw replacing those DNS servers with functional but temporary systems. Now the FBI is ready to shut down its temporary servers. It was to happen originally on March 8th, but the deadline was extended to this coming Monday - July 9th, 2012.

See also - Introduction to Domain Name System (DNS)
See also - Why There Are Only 13 DNS Root Name Servers
Comments
February 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm
(1) Jim Schafer says:

I don’t feel any safer. I don’t want the FBI controlling the Internet.

February 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(2) mick chamberlain says:

What exactly does DNS mean? I’m one of t hose stupidos when it comes to understanding what I’m doing and/or what I’m reading.

February 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(3) V. T. Eric Layton says:

@ Mick… DNS = domain name server. When you type an address like http://www.about.com into your browser’s address window, your request for that webpage is routed to a domain name server. It’s a computer somewhere that converts your human typed “about.com” to the IP number for that website, which happens to be 207.241.148.80.

@ Jim… NO FEDS protecting my Internet. I agree with you there, pal.

For better security run GNU/Linux. W32 DNSChanger will have no effect whatsoever on Linux systems. :)

Take care…

~Eric

March 1, 2012 at 7:37 am
(4) Mark says:

FBI controlling the internet? Surely you all don’t understand the enormity of such an undertaking. It would be like trying to empty the Pacific Ocean with a dixie cup!

May 31, 2012 at 9:56 am
(5) Matthew Jones says:

Umm.. last I heard the FBI had sniffer racks at the majority of the ISP’s as it is.. And then we have SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act which is the government (by means of the movie industry) to put up a China Like Firewall which would impede your browsing HUGE!!!

Wake up people — BIG Brother IS Watching!!

July 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm
(6) jj says:

My computer is shut down and fbi wants 200 to turn it back on.

July 29, 2012 at 1:34 am
(7) Jeff H says:

It is funny to see people’s ignorance. This was never about monitoring, or the FEDs protecting the internet.

Some cyber criminals had intriduced some malwhere that redirected people’s attempts to reach things on the internet to go through their servers. I suspect that they were using this rediection for some other purpose – perhaps capturing passwords or financial information.

The courts gave the FBI permission to replace these servers temporarily so that those with infected computers would not be cut off. That permission expired on July 12.

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