DNSChanger: Just a Dress Rehearsal

by Blog Burger on July 16, 2012

Despite dire warnings, the Internet didn’t break last week when the FBI pulled the plug on the server controlling the DNSChanger botnet. An estimated 300,000 computers are still infected by the malware that ties them to the botnet, which was designed for large-scale click fraud. Those machines’ connections to the Internet depended on a server the FBI plugged into the botnet when the agency took down the DNSChanger net last November. However, the agency didn’t have the authority or funds to operate a proxy server for the botnet forever, so last Monday it had flip the off-switch on it.


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