Warning! Internet Shutdown-9th July - DNS CHANGER.
Unsuspecting users were being redirected to rogue servers by a virus called among other names, DNS CHANGER which was being controlled by a network of cyber thieves, allowing them to manipulate users’ web activity.
- Millions Of Computers Infected Worldwide
- Fake Webpages
- Computers Seized By Authorities
- Operating As Regular Business
- Useful Links To Check Your PC's And Laptops
Millions Of Computers Infected Worldwide
Operation Ghost Click, is what the two-year, cyber-criminal investigation program, conducted by the FBI, is called. It is an elaborate, DNSChanger scheme which has infected several millions of computers worldwide. The users are typically quite unaware of the malware infestation taking place, and the vulnerability leaves them open to various other malicious attacks.
When people using infected computers, click on the link for the official website of for example iTunes, they are instead, taken to an unaffiliated website for business, that pretended to be selling Apple software. The cyber thieves did not only make money from these schemes, they also deprived legitimate advertisers and website operators of substantial revenue.
Computers Seized By Authorities
Yesterday, six cyber criminals were arrested in Estonia by local authorities, and the U.S. is now seeking to extradite them. The U.S. authorities also seized computers and rogue DNS servers in conjunction with these arrests at various locations. These rogue DNS servers have been replaced with legitimate servers as part of a federal court order in the hopes that users who were infected will not have their Internet access disrupted.
Operating As Regular Business
The criminal masterminds netted at least 14 million dollars by manipulating the Internet advertising industry. One agent working on the case stated, “They were organized and operating as a traditional business but profiting illegally as the result of the malware. There is a level of complexity here that we have not seen before.”
Useful Links To Check Your PC's And Laptops
Take note, that replacement servers will not remove the DNS Changer malware or DNS—or other viruses it may have facilitated—from infected computers. Any users believing their computers to be infected, should contact a computer professional urgently.
Use the links below to see if your computer is infected:
United States: http://www.dns-ok.us/
If your system is in the clear, then no other action is required. If your system is in infected, the FBI advises users to contact a computer professional for removal assistance. It is a rootkit virus, so installing or running anti-virus software will not fix the issue. Average users will not likely have the technical knowledge to remove this on their own.
Additional information can be found at this link: http://sanitywatch.blogspot.com/
Information about how to register as a victim of the DNS Changer malware and, also the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance which will provide case updates periodically at 877-236-8947.
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