DNSChanger, also referred to as DNS Changer and nicknamed the "Internet doomsday" virus, is a type of malware used by hackers to change a user's DNS server settings, replacing the ISP's valid DNS servers with rogue DNS servers operated by the hacker or a third party.
In November 2011 the U.S. FBI discovered a network of rogue DNS servers that were being sent traffic by computers infected with the DNSChanger malware. The FBI disabled these servers and replaced them with servers that would share valid DNS addresses.
However, in a cost-cutting move the FBI shut these servers down on July 9th, 2012, which meant computers still infected with DNSChanger would no longer be able to access the Internet unless the DNS settings for these computers were redirected to new, "clean" DNS servers.
A website set up by the group responsible for the FBI's servers (the DNS Changer Working Group) has been created to help users diagnose computers and remove the DNSChanger malware if necessary.
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
From keyword analysis to backlinks and Google search engine algorithm updates, our search engine optimization glossary lists 85 SEO terms you need... Read More »Slideshow: History of Microsoft Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems for personal computers. In this article we look at the history of Microsoft operating... Read More »Slideshow: Interesting Facts About Google Search
From Goats to Penguins, a server outage and trillions of searches, our slideshow presents interesting facts about Google and the Google.com... Read More »
Java is a high-level programming language. This guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of syntax, variables, data types and... Read More »Java Basics, Part 2
This second Study Guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of operators, modifiers and control Structures. Read More »The 7 Layers of the OSI Model
The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model defines a networking framework to implement protocols in seven layers. Use this handy guide to compare... Read More »