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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Alureon Malware: How to check, fix infected computer

Internet users around the world have been warned of the Alureon malware, also known as the ‘Internet Doomsday’ virus, which is feared to cause the so-called internet ‘blackout’ on Monday, July 9.

Even though some experts said that only a tiny fraction of computer users are at risk, the fact is the Alureon malware is still a threat.

Reports said that about 245,000 computers worldwide have been infected. More than 45,000 of which are located in the United States.

The virus has also spread in computers across the globe including the UK, Germany, Italy, India, Canada, China, France, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil, Russia, Australia, France, even the Philippines, among other countries.

What does the virus do? It changes the DNS of your computer.

On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital”, and distributed DNS changing viruses, among them the Alureon malware.

The botnet operated by Rove Digital altered user DNS settings, pointing victims to malicious DNS in data centers in Estonia, New York, and Chicago.

The malicious DNS servers would give fake, malicious answers, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware showed users an altered version of the Internet.

source & image credit: coolbuster.net


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