Will a DNS virus toss you off the Internet on Monday? (You have checked, haven't you?)
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, July 6, 2012
The FBI is warning folks that on Monday it will shut down a bunch of infected servers being unknowingly used by hundreds of thousands of people. It's the end game of a complicated cyber-crime bust.
You want to make sure you're not one of those whose web searches are inadvertently going through these DNS (domain name system) servers. To find out, click here and follow the instructions.
That link takes you to DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG), established to fix servers that had been taken over by an Estonian crime ring which had been cracked last November by the FBI and others. The crooks were using the servers to invisibly redirect millions of Internet users to rogue websites. The FBI sezed the servers and cleaned them up, and will shut them down July 9. If the virus has been routing you through these bad servers, you'll be kicked offline.
For more info, here's a Washington Post story.