About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access today because of malicious software called DNS Changer Malware. Domain Name System (DNS) is part of the internet that links up a website name (like example.com) to its numerical Internet Protocol equivalent (like 123.456.789.098). According to the DNS Changer Working Group, the US has 45,619, Italy has 21,831 and India has 19,642 IP addresses infected.
What is DNS Changer Malware?
It is a malware (also called Alureon) that redirects internet traffic through rogue DNS servers controlled by criminals, according to the FBI. DNS servers are computer switchboards that direct web traffic.
As of this week, about 245,000 computers worldwide were still infected by Alureon and its brethren, according to security firm Deteque. Some blogs and news reports hyped the risk of an outage, warning of a potential “blackout” and describing the Alureon malware as the “Internet Doomsday” virus.
Who are at risk?
Windows and Mac users are at risk, while Linux users, smartphones and tablets are not at risk.
Are YOU safe?
Go to www.DNS-OK.us to find out. If a graphic with a green background appears, your PC is Safe. If it’s red, your PC is at risk.
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