Warnings have been posted on quite a few sites including the likes of Facebook and Google. Internet service providers are also sending out messages while FBI has setup a dedicated site for information about this threat. In late 2011, FBI closed down the criminal ring behind the malware and the reins of the Internet DNS (Domain Naming System) for all the infected systems was briefly handled by the agency. Early 2012 saw the Internet Systems Consortium taking over DNS routing responsibilities from the federal agency but this is coming to an end on July 9 i.e. coming Sunday. This means that you need to get your system fixed in case it is affected by DNSChanger malware otherwise you won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
The DNSChanger saga started when a group of international hackers started an online advertising scam and took control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. The federal agency took the responsibility of defending the Internet community from this nuisance and set up a safety net whereby along with a private company they installed two clean Internet servers that took over for the malicious servers ensuring that the affected people would not suddenly lose their Internet. This temporary Internet system that was set up, will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday.
There are cases wherein people might just know that their systems are infected and if they don’t fix this before time then they the only way out might be the option of calling up their ISP and getting the malware off the system. Facebook, Google have started showing messages warning users about systems being infected with DNSChanger.
How to know if you are infected?
There are a couple of ways through which you might be able to find if your system is infected with the DNSChanger malware:
- Through Facebook, Google messages;
- Through one of the various detection websites that have been setup across the net;
- Update your anti-virus system and scan your system for infections.