Six people arrested in malware-click redirect scheme

A lot of you reading this are either aware or have encountered links to web sites that turned out to be fronts for hackers. This week, as reported by News.com, six people were arrested in Estonia for allegedly being a part of the creation of the malware program known as DNSChanger. The malware has infected over 4 million PCs, including 500,000 here in the US, and redirected the people who used those PCs to rogue web sites that generated ad money for the hacker team. A seventh suspect in Russia is still on the loose.

Basically this malware attack caused people who used those infected PCs to be redirected to rogue DNS servers, which then pointed them to specific web sites designed to raise money for the hackers. Those false servers were later shut down and replaced by real DNS servers in the hope that even people who have infected PCs will no longer be able to surf to those sites.

The FBI is currently letting people who might have an infected PC check to see if that is indeed the case via a special FBI web site. PCs which have the DNSChanger program installed are also prevented from updating their operating system or any anti-virus programs.

As always, the first rule in using your own PC is safety and that includes not clicking on web sites or emails that look suspicious. You never know when things could suddenly pop up while surfing the net.

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What a coincidence. Back on Facebook, a pack of people were clicking into pages thinking they're real and the automatic like and share buttons were rendered. It's been really annoying, nevertheless, how could they fall for the same thing on several different pages?

MrXXIV said,
What a coincidence. Back on Facebook, a pack of people were clicking into pages thinking they're real and the automatic like and share buttons were rendered. It's been really annoying, nevertheless, how could they fall for the same thing on several different pages?

^because people are stupid

MrXXIV said,
What a coincidence. Back on Facebook, a pack of people were clicking into pages thinking they're real and the automatic like and share buttons were rendered. It's been really annoying, nevertheless, how could they fall for the same thing on several different pages?

Question is how they were able to hijack Facebook pages to automatically redirect to a rogue site - if you're talking about the fake video links auto-spammed on friends' walls.

According to the FBI, in this document, Windows 7 doesn't exist as instructions are given for Windows XP and Apple's OSX. :-)

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