07 Feb 2012

FBI prepares to shut down DNSChanger servers

The FBI is looking to shut down temporary servers of the DNSChanger Trojan virus, an internet security breach that is still infecting government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. About 450,000 computers are still involved in this botnet, according to the DNS Changer Working Group.

Malware on infected machines is still being used, and the temporary servers the FBI had set up may soon be shut down. While people may be troubled by this, it could be a good opportunity to get rid of infections in machines.

"This is bad news for those infected organizations as the FBI will have to take down the servers they put up to replace the rogue ones on March 8," eWeek reports. "The court order that allowed 'Operation Ghost Click' allowed the FBI to run the legitimate servers only for 120 days. If the IT teams don't clean up those computers immediately, come March 8, those computers and routers will be unable to get on the web, send emails or do anything online."

Rod Rasmussen, president and CTO at Internet Identity, told TechEye that removing this particular piece of malware can be harder, but businesses should invest in internet security and antivirus software to get rid of it as soon as possible.