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In July thousands of computers will be without internet. Over 300,000 users still infected! DNS Changer is a piece of malware that could possibly affect thousands of computers that are currently running through FBI computers. This Malware redirected you to malicious DNS servers.
What is DNS? DNS is a form of services all computers, notebooks, tablets, netbooks and phones run through in order to use the internet. When you type a url such as http://www.wordpress.com your computer goes to a DNS server and the name is converted to an IP address so that your information can be routed to the webserver you are trying to view.
Scan your computer for viruses, malware and spyware. Use your anti-virus program (Download AVG free or Microsoft Security Essentials) and scan with Malwarebytes or SuperAntispyware portable edition. Check your computer by using the information found below.
Want to learn about malicious activities and the internet? Be sure to visit each of the links below.
Fortunately, the FBI intercepted these (all known) malicious DNS servers in order for users to travel to legitimate sites. However the intercepted DNS servers and redirects by the FBI will be turned off in July. It is estimated over 300,000 people are infected. Be sure to check your network and computers for these infections.
DCWG gives information on Detect, Fix and Protecting your computer.
FBI – Check to see if your computer is using a rogue DNS server – Link
Operation Ghost Click Information
Dark Readings Article on Teaming Up to Take Down Threats
Team Cymru Information (Security)
Team Cymru helps organizations identify and eradicate problems in their networks, providing insight that improves lives.
Check out their movie on one day of malicious activities
Team Cymru Battle Project
Botnet Analysis and Tactical Tool for Law Enforcement (BATTLE) displays IRC and HTTP botnet, crimeware, and phishing data on an interactive world map in near real time. It is intended to provide enough information to enable law enforcment to identify botnets and attacks that are of interest to them. On the right-hand side of this page you can see an example screen shot of the BATTLE interface.
Security professionals are leery of one-way public-private partnerships, but Operation Ghost Click shows that the model is necessary to take on international threats
Advanced IT Professionals – Information on Servers
Advanced IT Professionals can see DNS server status here.
Sample Status for IT Professionals – below (use the link above to check DNS status)
Sandia National Laboratories gives an analysis of your domain here
Sample Status of DNS/Domain information
(provides DNSSEC, Responses, Servers and the ability to Analyze domains)
Thanks to Dawn Babian our Network Admin, Mickey Chilton and Virginia Dennis for links and information.
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