We published an article about the FBI and a possible shutdown of the Internet millions of users infected with the DNS Changer Trojan. The information we had, came from reliable sources. We’re not sure whether we consider PC World a reliable source but their information seems credible.
But we want to emphasize that the DNS Changer Trojans infects millions of users and those users may lose their Internet connection even if the FBI is not involved directly.
Apparently the FBI issued a warning to all Internet users in November 2011 about the DNS Changer Trojan – and it’s still pretty scary stuff. Does it really matter if the FBI shuts down access to the Internet for infected users, a Trojan shuts down the Internet for infected users – or a gang of criminals shuts down the Internet for infected users? The result is the same — and everyone should visit this page to check to see if their computer is infected. It only takes a minute or two. Most likely you’ll find you’re not infected – then you won’t have to worry about your Internet connection being interrupted — or worse. Much worse. Read on…
Here’s an excerpt from PC World blogs — posted on 19FEB2012:
(from PC World)
Like many memes before it, this dire warning is floating around blogs and sites. It even names a date: March 8 as the day the FBI might “shut down the Internet.” But relax, that’s not really the case.
While yes, an untold number of people may lose their Internet connection in less than three weeks, if they do they only have nefarious web criminals to blame and certainly not the FBI.
If people end up in the dark on March 8 it’s because they’re still infected with the malware the FBI started warning people about last November when it shut down a long-standing Estonian Web traffic hijacking operation that controlled people’s computers using a family of DNSChanger viruses. The malware works by replacing the DNS (Domain Name System) servers defined on a victim’s computer with fraudulent servers operated by the criminals. As a result, visitors are unknowingly redirected to websites that distributed fraudulent software or displayed ads that put money into the bad guys’ pockets…
Here’s the worst part: The malware also prevents security updates and disables installed security software.