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  • Internet doomsday on July 9th? Don't panic!

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    Beth Jones on April 25, 2012
    Filed Under: Featured, Law & order, Malware

    Here in SophosLabs, we have been receiving a fair number of requests from the general public asking about the supposed "internet doomsday", said to strike on July 9th, which will leave "hundreds of thousands of internet users without internet access".

    In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: Don't Panic

    First, let's back the train up into the station and give you a quick history on this.

    Back in November 2011, the FBI seized control of a bunch of rogue DNS servers that were being used by the bad guys to redirect PCs infected with the DNS Changer malware machines to various scams with the intention of making money.

    More than 350,000 computers around the world are thought to still be using the DNS servers, which have now been made harmless. But it's US taxpayer dollars which are keeping the DNS servers up and running, and that's not a situation that can carry on indefinitely.

    The best solution is for people to fix the DNS settings on their computers.

    The original plan was for the DNS servers to be shut down on March 8th 2012, but the FBI has asked for more time, delaying the shutoff date to July 9th.
    Essentially the FBI is trying to give innocent folks time to clean their machines up.

    And computers should be fixed - because if the DNS servers go down, any computer relying on them for DNS name services will cease to be able to browse the web, read email or do just about anything on the internet at all.

    Now a bit of good news for Sophos customers, Sophos can detect various variants of the DNS Changer malware under names such as Troj/DNSChan-A.
    Furthermore, Sophos products can detect if your computer is one of the ones whose DNS settings have been meddled with - identifying them as CXmal/DNSCha-A, and help repair the damage.

    And finally, if you want to see if your computer is one of those which might be affected on July 9th, you can check via the DNS Changer Working Group website (DCWG). http://www.dcwg.org/detect/

    The FBI also has a look-up form on its site. https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-i...sing-rogue-DNS

    If you were one of the unfortunate people whose computers were hit by the DNS Changer malware, your access to the internet does not have to disappear on July 9th.
    Take the right steps now to avoid a headache later.

    Now I know some of you will say "Hey we are in Japan but some of you who have arrived from America or some other country recently (last 5 years) and brough your Mac or PC with you really should visit one of the listed site and have it checked. There is nothing to download, there are no scans, and best of all it is free.

  • #2
    This link seems to be the easiest:

    www.dns-ok.us

    I'm all clear!

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    • #3
      Minimal chance of infection for people running MacOS or Linux

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      • #4
        Originally posted by edin日本 View Post
        Minimal chance of infection for people running MacOS or Linux
        Actually not true edin日本, it can affect all computer systems! Better to just do a quick check-go to the site and it will tell you whether your system is infected, but like I said in the post, it really is for people who have brought their systems with them from their home countries.

        While we are it, Mac users have better wise up and realize that MacOS is becoming more and more a target for the Malware boyz.
        I invite all Mac user to take the time and go here and spend a few minutes getting enlightened:

        http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/?s=MAlware+and+Mac
        Or just read this article:
        1 in 5 Macs has malware on it. Does yours? http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012...malware-study/
        by Graham Cluley on April 24, 2012
        Last edited by BackDoor_Man; 2012-04-27, 09:20 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BackDoor_Man View Post
          Actually not true edin日本, it can affect all computer systems! Better to just do a quick check-go to the site and it will tell you whether your system is infected, but like I said in the post, it really is for people who have brought their systems with them from their home countries.

          While we are it, Mac users have better wise up and realize that MacOS is becoming more and more a target for the Malware boyz.
          I invite all Mac user to take the time and go here and spend a few minutes getting enlightened:

          http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/?s=MAlware+and+Mac
          Or just read this article:
          1 in 5 Macs has malware on it. Does yours? http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012...malware-study/
          by Graham Cluley on April 24, 2012
          I know, one of my articles was even picked up by Slashdot concerning this. I also referenced the article by Sophos but my reasoning is that due to the success of iOS, iPhones, iPads, iPods and the App Store Mac's are now becoming profitable targets to infect. And Anonymous aside today's hacker is all about making making money.

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          • #6
            Well, I'm completely clean. If that free Sophos is really legit.

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            • #7
              It is!

              Even better than McAfee....but, let's keep that fact secret....

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