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Internet Apocalypsis Upcoming – Prepare for DNSChanger Servers Closure
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 05:46 Written by Celframe Security Team Monday, 5 November 2012 04:23
The date of July 9, 2012 should be marked as the day of Internet apocalypse. It is the deadline, when FBI is planning to shut down those temporary “clean” DNSChanger servers. But the fact is, that if you prepare yourself, you can let your organisation and users go through that day without damage.
Not so long ago, FBI stated the shutdown of a huge clickjacking botnet with the cooperation of Estonian authorities and other antimalware organizations. They raided almost 100 servers that were infected by this malicious code. Moreover, seven people were arrested and charged with computer intrusion and wire fraud crimes. Those actions stopped a malware known ad DNS changer, which was infecting computers since 2007.
DNS Changer malware is made to replace the Domain Name System (DNS) on infected machines to address to some malicious routers or servers. It is widespread because it infects both PC and Mac systems. The redirected traffic served to spam, send malware and more. Additionally, it blocked access for antimalware sites and OS updates, to defend itself from removal.
And when FBI will shutdown the servers, which fixed the redirected traffic for infected computers, millions of internet users will lose internet connection. So the question is, how to check if you’re infected? That’s not so hard. FBI and DNS Changer Working Group made some step-by-step guides, and there are lot’s of self check tools on the Internet. Additionally, FBI made a form where you can enter your IP to check if you’re infected.
And there are many ways to fix it. Although the best way to remove DNS Changer malware is to use a reputable anti-spyware software, sometimes you will need to do a full reinstall of your system to ensure that you’re fully repaired. Here are some tools that can remove DNS changer:
Keep in mind that if your machine will be infected after the deadline – you will lose your internet connection. The fixing methods will remain the same, but the loss of the internet will probably make it harder to clean up, because you will need a separate and obviously clean computer to download removal tools.This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 11:08 am and is filed under News, Security. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
The UK’s New Bill Tries to Censor Pornography on the Internet
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 03:16 Written by Celframe Security Team Monday, 22 October 2012 07:18
This new Online Safety Bill states that ISP’s and mobile telecoms should give porn-free internet connection by default. However, if an adult wants, he can choose an uncensored porn – allowed version, which will provide sites with adult content that has 18+ verification systems.
In addition, This Bill wants to filter every single Internet enabled electronic device that can download content. ISP’s and telecoms should give clear information about online safety, to ensure that a child is using the computer device safely.
However, the ISP Association argues that this filtering by default would only reduce parent’s interest, and it only would make them feel a fake sense of security. And the biggest question is – who will decide what is pornographic and what is not?
One concern raises that filtering technologies might over-block, for example, breastfeeding guidance’s. The fact is that there are a lot of filtered network services, where parents can set the blacklists that filter and block content, including porn. Nonetheless, it was found that those filters don’t always work very well. For example, one of the filters didn’t filter one of the biggest pornography sites in the web.
So now, then the government tries to legislate in this way, things might only lead to confusion. ISP’s should let the customer decide. Having censored filters by default might seem disproportionate and unnecessary approach to controlling access. In addition, if in order to access pornography you will need to validate your age, so you will need to give your identification information and then you will be listen on a database as someone who wanted to access porn.
Information Commissioner Office says that they recognize the importance of protecting people who could be on such lists, but the best way to protect them is for such data not to exist. There are technologies for parents who control what their kids see, there’s no reason to add another barrier for that.
This bill is a private member’s bill, so it won’t get anywhere unless it gets government support. It seems that Culture, Media and Sports departments clearly doesn’t support this, and they prefer the current flexible system. To conclude, this Bill probably will close, but we have to know what’s happening here, and we have to show our opinion in time.This entry was posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 7:52 am and is filed under General, News. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
India has beaten America with spamming rates on the internet
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 04:23 Written by Celframe Security Team Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:06
SophosLabs experts have released a detailed report about the most spamming countries in the world. This report confirmed that India has beaten USA at spamming and now it is the top 1 country to contribute to the junk email problem. Probably the 1/10th of the spam messages you receive are from an indian computer.
The biggest amount of spam comes from computers that are infected with malware, which connects them to botnets and makes them spam robots. In addition, hackers are able to steal information or to add more malware to compromised computers.
The overall count of spam messages is decreasing comparing to the Q1 of 2011 because of better work by ISP’s. However, that also shows that cybercriminals might be choosing a new path to send spam. The traditional email spam is ineffective, so spammers are attacking social networks to spread spam marketing campaigns.
It’s not a secret that old social networks are targeted for spamming campaigns. Spammers use new social networks too. You can see an example of Pinterest. It was used to link web pages, which sells goods or earns commission for spammers. With increasing amount of spam, the malware spread also increases. Social networks are targeted to phish usernames, passwords and other personal information.
By looking at the statistics, we see, that first-time users of the Internet aren’t taking the right measures to protect themselves from malicious software infections, so their computers are turned into spam bots. However, every internet user should see that as a huge problem. Don’t allow cybercriminals to use your computer for illegal purposes. Use up-to-date anti-virus software and take attention to the links you click and software you install to your PC.This entry was posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 7:32 am and is filed under News, Spam and phishing. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.