You may be infected with a virus that could block you from the internet. Around 350,000 computers are already infected with this malware, called “DNS Changer.” Dan Thompson with Claris Networks and Jason Graf with Sword and Shield Enterprise Security visited WBIR to give the entire scoop. If you’d rather just watch the video, skip on down to watch.
What is the virus and how does it work?
“Essentially, DNS is a technical term that references the translation that goes on behind the scene when you and I are browsing the internet. For instance, if you type www.facebook.com
, DNS is the stuff that goes on behind the scenes that lets your computer know to go on the internet. So what the virus has done is to redirect all those requests to go to somewhere besides Facebook. It looks like Facebook, but it’s not. For every person that this virus directs to this fake site, the malware creators are making money. Some people make money on the internet by clicks, so they’re funneling all these people over to a site that’s making them cash.
If there’s a way to con, someone will do it.
The most recent is a Linkedin-based phishing scam that sends fake invitation reminders to your email inbox. DO NOT CLICK the links in these emails. Instead, log in to your LinkedIn account directly and handle invitation reminders directly.
According to GFI.com
, this particular phishing scam is a “BlackHole exploit which attempts to drop Cridex onto the PC. Cridex is a rather nasty piece of work that does everything from target banks and social networking accounts to a little bit of CAPTCHA cracking