Did you know you might lose your Internet Monday July 9th, 2012

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

Did you know you might lose your Internet Monday July 9th, 2012?

I was watching the news last night, an occurrence that is becoming rare since I do not like to be bombarded with bad news. Well long and behold I have my attention the News Caster states that the Internet on my computer might be shut down.

Armed with this information I went and searched and discovered that  tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for the DNSChanger malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

Needless to say I went on the FBI’s website and checked my IP Address with their data base. I would advise you do the same, to make sure. According to the FBI despite repeated alerts the number of computers that are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide. FYI this is a decrease from about 360,000 in April. The FBI believes that there are about 64,000 computers still affected. Here is the result of my test. Hope you will have the same result.

http://www.fbi.gov/

Once you are on the website here is the link to test you computer

https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS

 

If all goes well this is what a good report should look like:

Internet Savvy Realtor in Los Angeles Endre Barath

 

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Comments (52)

Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Endre - I heard this also but sort of forgot it durig the busy week.  Worth checking out for sure.  Thanks!

Jul 07, 2012 06:01 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hi Endre,

What ever happens, happens... I remember how everybody around were buying groceries in December 1999...  Because of January 1, 2000, was coming...

Tatyana

Jul 07, 2012 09:22 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Endre - This has been talked about on all of the tv news stations, and anyone who doubts it is real will probably find out the bad news later.  There are millions of computers affected, and I'm glad you are helping to spread the word.  I have been telling everyone I know.  My computers show a nice green result, so I hope that is good news!

Jul 07, 2012 09:22 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I have vaguely heard of this, but didn't know how seriously to take it... I'm constantly getting emails etc warning of the latest viruses etc. I guess it wouldn't hurt to just check. I'm off to do just that.

Gretchen

Jul 07, 2012 09:31 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

 

Endre:

I went to the website and check my URL and it is green meaning there is no problem with this computer.  Now on to check my other labtop and desktop. Thanks again for the informaiton.

Jul 07, 2012 10:05 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Endre, I always wonder if this stuff is legit or not. The conspiracy theorist in me is thinking this might be something the government uses to track us more.
Jul 07, 2012 10:32 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I did see this on the news, there always seems to be a war on the consumer via compauter hacking, scams and malware. Thanks for the heads up and tips

Jul 07, 2012 11:04 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

My computer was rebuilt a few weeks ago, so I should be good to go! I finally caught a break!

Jul 07, 2012 11:22 AM
Jay Taylor
Cre8tive Apps, LLC - Austin, TX

Perhaps I can help clarify the issue.

First, there are NOT millions of computers infected.  The number is much smaller.

The type of threat is different from a traditional Root Kit, Buffer Overflow, etc. type of virus.  Those tend to be destructive to data on your computer meant to disable your computer or comprimise the data on your system (ie, capture logins, steal data, etc.).  The threat of this virus is to alter the DNS settings on your system and/or router.

What this does is change the pointer for your DNS (domain name server).  This effectively will redirect your web sessions to their rogue DNS servers instead of the correct DNS server provided by your ISP.  Think of the role of a DNS server as one to translate a text web address to a numerical address.  For example from www.google.com to 74.125.224.72.  If you enter www.google.com into your address bar, it takes you to the google search page.  Likewise, if you entered 74.125.224.72 into your address bar, it will also take you to the google search page. The point of a DNS server is to make it easier on humans to enter names of websites instead of trying to remember a long number string.

Therefore, if you were operating a rogue DNS server and could get DNS settings to point to your servers, you could effectively drive people to whatever sites you wanted to drive them to. Think about how you could use this...you could have sites up that download other malicious s/w onto their system as it loads up a webpage.  You could load up keyloggers, you could drive them to porn sites, you could drive people to pay per click sites.  Lot's of different ways something like this could be used by someone with less than honorable intentions. 

Therefore, yes, this threat is real however, it appears that the number of infected computers is not all that many compared to the number of PCs on the internet. 

While the risk is probably low, it is a good idea to be safe and make sure both your PC DNS settings and if you are connected via a router, that the router DNS settigns are OK.

 

 

Jul 07, 2012 11:24 AM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Endre, I have read about this elsewhere.   This is very true.   Thanks for the reminder! 

 

Jul 07, 2012 02:37 PM
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
Thanks for spreading the news. Best to stay vigilante in this digital era.
Jul 07, 2012 02:44 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Endre, if this happens once again, many hours of productibity will be lost -from many  industies...Not good - but can we prevent it?

Or simply put , start something new....when this happens!

 

Jul 07, 2012 03:36 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Endre: I am hoping my IT people have this in hand.  We have our own server with probably a hundred websites up. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Jul 07, 2012 04:45 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Endre, thanks for the important reminder to check our computers!

Jul 07, 2012 04:53 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Andre, I was unaware.. better check the computers today.  Thanks for the info and the link. 

Jul 08, 2012 01:11 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Endre, Thanks for the reminder. I've been reading these stories from the media, so I knew that they were not a hoax, but had not checked mine yet. Just did, and I'm green-to-go!

Jul 08, 2012 03:11 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Wow a feature at that, congratulations Of all the millions LOL of these type post I have yet in 15 years know anyone that have been effected.

I liken this to our weather channel, seems like every year we hear more and more about hurricanes and yet we get about two a year. We should worry as much about the deterioration of the country as we worry about this nonsense.

Jul 08, 2012 01:14 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Endre - It looks like my computer is okay.
 Thanks for putting this out there.

Jul 08, 2012 01:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am so glad I was able to help everyone! Good news, if you can get on the internet now that means your DNS was not changed and you are fine. The FBI caught these guys last year and let the servers continue to function until about two hours ago so that they do not create havoc. Contrary to popular belief this effected not just PC's but MAC as well. Thank you for everyone's comment and support!

Jul 08, 2012 04:10 PM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks for your post and the warning, Endre.

Jul 08, 2012 06:41 PM