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DNSChanger Malware May End Your Internet on Monday

Source: DNSChanger Malware information/ Federal Bureau of Investigation

Starting July 9, a lot of Internet users may not be able to access the World Wide Web because of the DNSChanger Malware that was first discovered in 2007.

DNSChanger Malware: What You Need to Know

A DNSChanger Malware reroutes an infected computer through servers controlled by the culprits. It takes advantage of the Internet’s Domain Name System, which turns a plain text web address into a string of numbers or Internet Protocol addresses. Cyber criminals use this system to take control of a computer to do malicious things such as rerouting to fraudulent websites and downloading more malware.

As of June 11, DNSChanger Working Group has detected malware infections from over 300,000 unique IP addresses worldwide. Other than DNS changing, the group says that the malware could also capture keystrokes for keylogging purposes.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation helped shutting down the criminal ring responsible for DNSChanger late last year. After that, the agency handled the Internet Domain Name System routing for all infected computer systems for a while. Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit corporation, took over FBI’s DNS routing responsibilities earlier this year. However, it will come to an end this Monday.

What Internet Users Should Do

If a user’s computer is infected with the DNSChanger Malware, he or she won’t be able to connect to the Internet starting Monday. That’s why people need to fix this problem if they want to continue logging in.

Basically, users will receive notifications from various websites such as Google or Facebook if their PC is infected with the said malware. Another way to detect whether a desktop has DNSChanger Malware is to visit DNSChanger Working Group’s detection website. Users can also read PC World’s advice on how to check their PC’s DNS settings.

In case a PC is infected with the DNSChanger Malware, computer owners can see DCWG’s list of removal tools from major computer security firms. It would also be a good idea to replace their old PC with a new one or reformat their hard drive and reinstall their PC’s operating system.

Since the malware can also infect a router, it would be helpful for users to contact their Internet service provider for help.

As of the moment, it was detected that only half of all Fortune 500 companies had been infected compared to when DNSChanger Malware was first discovered. However, users still need to deal with it before their Internet connection sees the end this July 9.

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