Its reported that computers belonging to an estimated 64,000 users in the United States,
and an additional 200,000 users outside the United States, are still
infected with the DNSCharger malware, despite repeated warnings in the news, e-mail
messages sent by ISPs and alerts posted by Google and Facebook. In simple terms, the DNSCharger malware gives the cyber thieves ability to control DNS servers. As a result, unsuspecting users will be forced to fraudulent websites. Web browsing will be interfered with, and computers will be vulnerable to other kinds of malicious software.
Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.
The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.
According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 64,000 still-infected computers are probably in the United States
What can you do? The DNSCharger Working Group (DCWG) was setup to provide assistance in the USA. Find out if you have been violated and infected with DNS Changer by visiting www.dcwg.org. No software will be downloaded to perform the check.
For more details about the DNSCharger malware, and what it means to you, download FBI's Technical Report on DNS Charger.