I KNOW, RIGHT? How awful would that be?
Apparently, a particularly malicious form of malware called DNSChanger began infecting computers way back in 2007. It became so pervasive that eventually a sort of “patch” was configured by the FBI, which was then taken over by a non-profit group. But at midnight tonight?
That comes to an end. They will shutting down this patch, and that means that for some of you, you might lose your internet access entirely.
So what do you do?
First, you go to this site. It will tell you if you are infected with the virus or not. If the background of the image is green, you’re fine. If it’s red? You’re in trouble.
So what was the point of this virus? According to PCWorld:
DNSChanger rerouted infected computers through servers controlled by a criminal ring based in Eastern Europe. The malware did this by taking advantage of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) service….
It should be pretty clear that DNS is not something you want to have intercepted by criminals. Any time they want, criminals who control how your computer uses DNS can do malicious things such as reroute your computer to fraudulent websites. Once there, the sites can try to download more malware to your computer or attempt to harvest data such as login credentials.
Malware is a chronic issue, of course, and I know as the owner of a Mac I tend to pay less attention than I should to issues like this. The DNSChanger Malware DOES INFECT MACS. Just so you know.
Go check out your site, and good luck! I hope I see you online tomorrow.