FBI Pulls The Plug On DNSChanger Network, Infected PCs Lose Internet Access [Updates]

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On March 9th, 2012 at 12:01am the FBI finally pulled the plug on a set of rogue DNS servers used by the trojan known as DNSChanger, potentially leaving hundreds of thousands without access to the Internet.

The malware has kept itself in the headlines because it changes the DNS settings of infected computers. Once changed, those computers have their traffic routed through servers set up by the hackers who developed the trojan.

FBI agents have long since caught up with the hackers responsible and captured the servers used to route traffic. But this presented the FBI with a problem – it could not shut down the servers because the infected PCs would suddenly lose Internet access.

An awareness campaign was launched to let users known of the potential threat. It included a site created by the DNS Changer Working Group that could inform visitors if their computer was infected. This has reduced the number of infected computers to around 250,000. Now, however, the servers are finally down for good – so those victims who remain infected are in the dark.

If you, or a friend, have suddenly experienced an unexplained Internet outage on one of your PCs there is a decent chance that DNSChanger is responsible. To remove it, visit the DCWG fix page on a computer that still has Internet access and download one of the many malware removal tools listed.

After you’ve removed the bug, check our coverage of the best free anti-virus programs and download one to keep your computer protected.

Source: CNET, DNS Changer Working Group

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Comments (12)
  • Igor Rizvi?

    good thing i havent got infected

  • Shawn Ashree Baba

    Sad to hear that many people may not be able to get connected to the internet. Good thing I’m protected though!

  • Spencer Vincent

    They seem to do this so easily so why are there so many effed up sites out there that need their plugs pulled?

  • jay

    OMG i used this! This was recently featured in ‘Lifehacker’

  • Doc

    Why didn’t they just put a “landing page” that redirected all DNS requests (for web browsing) to a page on their servers, allowing the affected users to download the fix? They could have left that up for the last 6 months or so before pulling the plug.

    • Matt Smith

      Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe they were afraid people would go to the landing page, see the FBI is involved, and freak out? That would not surprise me.

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