DNS Changer: Cyber Criminals, Internet Access And The FBI

DNS Changer: Cyber Criminals, Internet Access And The FBI

Some 60,000 Americans could have discovered Monday they did not have Internet service. The cause: malicious code created last fall by cyber criminals. What the FBI did and didn't do about it -- and what you can do if your computer is infected.

Last November, the FBI created a web "safety net" to protect computer users from a virus created by a recently-busted Estonian gang of cyber criminals. The law authorizing that safety net expired on July 9, so anyone with an infected computer might have trouble getting on the Internet. We explore what the FBI did then and what you can do now if you're affected by the DNS Changer virus.

Guests

Johannes Ulrich

Director, Internet Storm Center, SANS

David Hoelzer

Network Engineer, and Senior Faculty Member, the SANS Technology Institute

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