Google warns malware victims
Don’t ask the FBI to design your website
Over half a million PCs are still infected with a nasty malware infection called DNSchanger and infected systems could soon lose their internet access.
Google has stated that it’s going to start posting warning messages to any systems it detects are infected from this week, leaving users with a simple warning that their machine is infected and links to tools that can remove it.
Part of the problem is that Google estimates half the infected machines are used by non-English speaking people that haven’t reacted to the warnings so far.
DNSChanger is a malware program written by an Estonian criminal gang that enslaved PCs into its own botnet – a large collection of PCs that can be remotely controlled for nefarious reasons – for a good number of years before being caught in 2011 by the FBI.
The issue is that the DNSChanger malware redirects all internet traffic through the gang’s own server system. This is due to be disconnected 9 July and so users will lose all internet access unless the malware is removed.
You can quickly check your own system by browsing to dns-ok.us
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