Canadians could lose web access due to FBI shutdown

The FBI is expected to shut down temporary servers today to stop DNSChanger, a malicious malware allegedly causing havoc on the Internet. Your machine could be one of the 9,000 Canadian computers in the line of fire. If it’s affected, that is.

Bell Canada tell us: “Recently, Bell was advised by government authorities that a small subset of our customer base has been infected by malicious software (malware) called DNSChanger. This specific malware is a phenomenon that has affected many Internet providers across the globe and in Canada, including Bell.”

Affected computers will lose access to essential Internet services. Queen’s University associate professor Thomas Dean explained how to tell if your computers is jammed: “The computer will start up, but when you try to use your mail or try to use your browser, you are going to get some kind of error message.” Such as: “Cannot find this website”.

The website http://www.dns-ok.ca/ can tell Canadians if their computers are affected. Please note that this is not a suggestion that you visit this site. The page’s host is the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), a “member-driven organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.”

The page “provides an online checker to indicate if your computer system may be affected by DNSChanger Malware — malicious code that was used by a criminal gang recently apprehended as part of the FBI Operation GhostClick. To learn more about this malware, please visit Public Safety Canada. Please note that this checker does not screen your computer for any other virus, malicious code or malware. CIRA encourages all Internet users to adopt best practices in anti-virus protection for personal and business computers.”

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