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Offline WolfyTopic starter

DNS Changer....(Important)
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:22:20 PM »
Not really a question, but I thought I may as well put something up.

Ok, so about 30000+ people are going to lose their internet service on Monday, thanks to this:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304141204577509211364560838.html

Basically there was a string of Malware attacks that went out, and made it so people's computers would look up IP addresses incorrectly.

The government/FBI shut down this Malware ring, the people who were controlling it, and set up a safety net for those infected, so that they would continue to have internet service safely.

However, this measure has turned too costly, and they will be shutting down this safety net on Monday. The Article above includes a link so that you can check to see if you are infected by this malware, as well as what to do if you are.

If you want a more direct link, its: http://www.dcwg.org/ , which is a website that has been setup by the government/FBI to help those infected or to find out if you are infected.

.....So yeah...thought I'd share. @_@...Umm...Delete this if it doesn't belong.

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Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 10:57:49 PM »
It's more than just 'looking up addresses incorrectly'.  The malware infection would have enabled the ring to use the computers that were infected as 'drones', possibly for DDOS attacks or other illegal activity, such as the distribution of more malware (like using hacked email accounts to send out virus links).

This is a legit site, and a legit problem.

Offline WolfyTopic starter

Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 11:09:23 PM »
It's more than just 'looking up addresses incorrectly'.  The malware infection would have enabled the ring to use the computers that were infected as 'drones', possibly for DDOS attacks or other illegal activity, such as the distribution of more malware (like using hacked email accounts to send out virus links).

This is a legit site, and a legit problem.

Which is why I posted this.

I'd hate to see someone on E who lost their internet simply because they didn't know they were infected. o3o

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Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 11:43:46 PM »
Go here - http://www.dns-ok.us/ - if it's green your safe.

If not check the above links for removal instructions, which will most likely be running the fix, or manually changing settings..

These two addresses can be used, they are the Open DNS Server
Open DNS Instructions - http://store.opendns.com/ - you do NOT need to sign up.

208.67.222.222 & 208.67.220.220

These two addresses can also be used, they are the Google Public DNS servers.
Googles Instructions - https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using

You can also contact your ISP for technical support and assistance if you are uncertain and the results of the above page are not green.

8.8.8.8 & 8.8.4.4

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Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 03:32:57 AM »
Thank you for the information, all. It was a relief seeing that green screen :D

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Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2012, 04:18:39 PM »
Thank you for the information, all. It was a relief seeing that green screen :D

ditto!

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Re: DNS Changer....(Important)
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2012, 05:23:49 PM »
Ooooh, I'm green!  Woot!