For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner,http://www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
To check and clean computers: http://www.dcwg.org
The following table is a list of all easy “are you infected” sites. It includes the links to the security organizations who are maintaining the sites. Each site has instructions in their local languages on the next steps to clean up possible infections.
|www.dns-ok.us||English||DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG)|
|www.dns-ok.de||German||Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) & Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)|
|www.dns-ok.fi||Finnish, Swedish, English||CERT-FI is the Finnish national reporting point for computer security incidents and information security threats. CERT-FI is also responsible of maintaining the national information security situation awareness system.|
|www.dns-ok.ax||Swedish, Finnish, English||CERT-FI is the Finnish national reporting point for computer security incidents and information security threats. CERT-FI is also responsible of maintaining the national information security situation awareness system.|
|www.dns-ok.be||Dutch/French||CERT-BE is the primary Belgian contact point for dealing with Internet security threats and vulnerabilities affecting Belgian interests.|
|www.dns-ok.fr||French||Le CERT-LEXSI est la division de veille et d’enquête sur Internet, dédiée à la protection du patrimoine en ligne des organisations.|
|www.dns-ok.ca||English/French||Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC)|
|www.dns-ok.lu||English||CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg) is the national Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT – CERT) coordination center for the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg|
|www.dns-ok.nl||Dutch||SIDN (the Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands)|
|dns-ok.gov.au||English||CERT Australia, Stay Smart Online, and Australian Communications and Media Authority joint page on DNSChanger Information|
|dns-changer.eu||German, Spanish, English||ECO (Association of the German Internet Industry)|
If you are not affected by DNS Changer then do nothing.
If the Check-Up Site indicates that you are affected then either follow the instructions on that site or go to the “FIX” page.
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