Is your DNS OK? dns-ok.us will say if you've managed to keep the DNSChanger malware away from your PC or Mac. Midnight EDT Monday is the deadline for the FBI's temporary DNS servers to disappear. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers prepare for cries of woe from witless, netless ones.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Jeremiah McDonald's conversation with his 12-year-old self...
Gregg Keizer rules the newsiwebz:
According to a group of security experts formed to combat DNSChanger...many [PCs and Macs] were still infected as of July 2.
At one point, as many as 4 million PCs and Macs were infected...there are still tens of thousands of laggards who have not cleaned their computers.
And Ian Paul has dire predictions of doom 'n' gloom:
Thousands of PCs...may be unable to access the Internet. ... DNSChanger...tak[es] advantage of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) service. ... DNS is not something you want to have intercepted by criminals.
...the DNSChanger Working Group, a consortium of companies, universities and other institutions...detected DNSChanger infections from more than 300,000 unique...Addresses worldwide. Nearly 70,000 of those...[are] in the United States.
Well, hello, Lolita C. Baldor... [please, no stupid jokes about her name -Ed.]
...tens of thousands of Americans...will have to call their service providers for help. ... When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents...set up a safety net...install[ing] two clean [DNS] servers to take over for the malicious servers. ... But that temporary system will be shut down.
To check whether a computer is infected, users can visit a website.
But Michael Lee ain't worried; he wishes them good riddance:
These users probably deserve it. ... Users have been given fair warning. ... There are free tools for DIY detection. ... There's no excuse for not being prepared. ...they're a danger to others on the internet. ... This is a wake-up call...these users need a huge disruption...before they do anything.
I hope...the DNSChanger victims...start to wonder whether [it] has anything to do with those warnings they've been seeing for months on end. ... I'd say it's worth it.
Meanwhile, Iain Thomson predicts red faces Monday morning:
Security firm IID estimated...that 12 per cent of the Fortune 500...and 4 per cent of "major" US government organizations still have...DNSChanger.
No doubt many consumers will...add to those numbers, so expect a call from...relatives on Monday, asking why they can't make the internets work.
Jeremiah McDonald has a conversation with his 12-year-old self
[hat tip: Darren Rowse]