By now most of us are aware of this malware called DNSChanger. This is a final reminder to make sure you are not infected with the malware before you lose your internet connection on Monday. Read What is DNSChanger?
FBI will be shutting down all the DNS Servers that were being used to re-route the traffic around the internet.
What is the DNS Changer Malware?
On November 8th 2011, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and the Estonian police made several arrests of cyber criminals under the operation codenamed, “Operation Ghost Click.”
The criminals were operating under the company name, “Rove Digital,” and distributed DNS changing viruses, known as TDSS, Alureon, TidServ and TDL4.
What does the DNS Changer Malware do?
The botnet, which is basically a network of infected computers used for illegal purposes, was being operated by this Cyber Gang called Rove Digital, pointing victims to malicious DNS in data centers in Estonia, New York, and Chicago.
By re-routing the traffic through their (bad-guy) servers they would give fake, malicious answers, alter user searches, promote fake and dangerous products. In simple words the user would get an altered version of the internet.
Under a court order, expiring July 9th 2012, the Internet Systems Consortium is operating replacement DNS servers for this Rove Digital Network. This was done in order to prevent sudden disruption. But now its time to move on, and these servers are being shut down. Therefore the computers that are still infected with the malware will still try to route through these “bad-guy” servers (which are under the FBI control now, but will be shut down on 9th) thereby disconnecting them from the internet.
Check for DNSChanger Malware on your computer
The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) was created to help remediate Rove Digital’s malicious DNS servers. The DCWG helps monitor DNS servers run by ISC, under court order, in the former Rove Digital colo space.
DCWG has free tools available to check the status of your computer. Visit DCWG.org now, and make sure you are ready for Monday. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.