DNS Changer: FBI Updates Net Access Shutoff Plans

By | May 1, 2012

Source: Information Week

by  Mathew J. Schwartz

In this article “In a little more than two months, the FBI plans to pull the plug on DNS servers that are currently providing PCs infected with the DNS Changer malware with the ability to translate domain names into IP addresses.

Accordingly, the FBI has launched a public appeal, urging consumers and businesses to scan their machines–including some routers–for signs of infection.

How prevalent is DNS Changer? Rod Rasmussen, a member of the DNS Changer Working Group, said that in early February 2012, the malware was infecting machines used by half of all Fortune 500 companies as well as 27 out of 55 government agencies. But by the end of that month, he said that infection rates appeared to have dropped to 94 companies and just three agencies.”

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