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Internet 'doomsday' affects fewer than expected

2012-07-10 08:57 by


Hours after "Internet doomsday" kicked in, major service providers say almost all customers have avoided the shut-off of their Internet service. At 12:01 a.m. yesterday, the FBI turned off Internet servers that were functioning as a temporary safety net to keep infected computers online for the past eight months.

"Less than 1 percent of Cox customers are infected with the virus," Todd C. Smith, Cox Communications director of media relations told

"Since midnight last night, when the FBI (via the Internet Services Coalition) disconnected the servers associated with this botnet, we've only received a miniscule number of calls, but our customer care and security assurance teams are standing by and are ready to help," Charlie Douglas, Comcast senior director of corporate communications, told

Worst-case scenarios indicated that 46,000 U.S. Internet users could lose access. And Barry Greene, a volunteer with an awareness organization called the DNS Changer Working Group, said that many machines are probably cut off from the Web today, but it's not clear how many of those are computers that people actively use.

DNSChanger was first discovered in 2007 and was found to have infected millions of computers worldwide. The payload effectively modified a computer's DNS settings to redirect traffic through its rogue servers. When users typed in a domain name in a browser, the servers would direct them to other sites for the creators' financial gain.

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