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Facebook Joins Google, ISPs in Notifying DNSChanger Victims

2012-06-06 08:03 by
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Following Google, Facebook has started notifying victims of the DNSChanger malware who visit the social networking site that their computers will be cut off from the Internet on July 9, if they don't clean them until that time.

"Earlier this year, Facebook joined the clean up effort by participating in DNSChanger Working Group, which is comprised of computer security experts from the public, private, and academic sectors," the Facebook security team said in a blog post on Monday. "As a result of our work with the group, Facebook is now able to notify users likely infected with DNSChanger malware and direct them to instructions on how to clean their computer or networks."

The malware was first discovered in 2007. But by then, it had already infected millions of computers worldwide. Last year, the group operating DNSChanger were arrested by an international group of law enforcement agencies. However, many computers impacted by the malware remain infected and are currently using interim systems to access the internet.

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