Ten thousand Australians face web blackout with DNSChanger infection

Posted in: Legal & Security at 29/03/2012 15:09

Ten thousand Australian internet users are among four million worldwide who face a total internet blackout from July 9 thanks to a malicious piece of software that infected their computers without their knowledge.

That is the warning to Australian internet users from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which today issued a statement appealing to internet users to check if they were infected.

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Is your computer infected with DNSChanger? [news release]
DNSChanger is malicious software (malware) that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

Approximately 10,000 Australian internet users are currently infected with this malware.

If your computer is infected you need to remove it. If you don't remove it by 9 July 2012, you won't be able to connect to the internet.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, CERTAustralia (the federal government's computer emergency response team) and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy have collaborated to develop a diagnostic website that, in most cases, shows you whether or not you are infected with DNSChanger. This website is dns-ok.gov.au. It only takes a second to check.

If you are infected, dns-ok.gov.au provides links to tools and detailed documentation that may help you remove the infection.

Additional information about DNSChanger is provided at the dns-ok.gov.au website, including an explanation of how DNSChanger will affect your ability to access the internet.

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