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Has DNSChanger Infected Your Computer

Back in November 2011 a group of Estonian and Russian hackers were arrested for creating and running a botnet called DNSChanger. DNSChanger was true to its name, it changed the DNS address of the computer it controlled and directed it to  rogue DNS servers. These rogue DNS servers were shut down by the FBI and the Internet Systems Consortium, a nonprofit company was assigned to run the replacement DNS servers so those who had effected machines wouldn’t lose their connection to the Internet. That was over eight months ago and the time that the court assigned the Internet Systems Consortium to run the replacement DNS servers has run out. So on Monday, July 9, these replacement DNS servers will be shut down. The computers that are still connected to these DNS servers will no longer be able to connect to the Internet. There are an estimate 300,000 computers that are still effected. These are not only personal computers, but also computers run by Fortune 500 companies.

The FBI has set up a site where you can check to see if your system has been effected and what to do if it has been. Most likely if you have kept your computer updated and have run your anti-malware and virus programs you will be ok. However we all know someone who never updates their system either because they are too lazy or for some reason believe they are invulnerable. If you know someone like that, suggest they go to the site the FBI set up. If they decide not too, you may get a call Monday morning if you are the computer “expert” of the family, with them screaming they can’t connect to the Google.

The most interest part of this story of course was not the DNSChanger bot, itself, but how the FBI and the court handled it. They could have shut it down immediate and the results would have been the same for those 300,000 plus 270,00 more. By delaying the shut down they did allow those 270,000 to recover. However it seems to me they dropped the ball in getting the word out. This didn’t become big news until the past week. I am not sure if the court and the FBI is to be blamed for this, or is it the media’s fault for not getting the word out. Whose ever fault it is, communication was lacking.

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GNC-2010-12-20 #636 Not a Top Tech Blogger?

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Did you watch the Eclipse.
NEC + Android + CES = Lets See.
Google TV Regroup.
Google TV Update.
Yelp iPad App Update.
Tivo Bans Netflix and Hulu.
Roku Sales Rocking!
Here comes Comcast in Set Top Box!
Adobe at a Billion.
iPad App Money Machine Nightmare.
Novatel LTE Modem
Google Body Browser.
LTE + Android @ CES!
Xerox Smart Document Table.
AT&T buys some RF Spectrum.
DoNot Rent.com
Windows Live Writer 2011.
Overnight Free Shipping from Amazon Now!
Level 3 – Comcast Lied!
Saving Google TV!
Join me Jan 1st in cutting the cord!
Green USB Charger!
Powermat Wireless iPhone Charger!
Upgrade your Fridge :)
Protect that DSLR!
MPAA / RIAA go Large on Lobby Money!
.com Abandonment in P2P Space!
Green Google?
Tanking Test for Shuttle.
Soyuz docks at ISS!
Four books on Net Neturality.
Kinect getting a Upgrade?
Vancouver fights back on BW Caps!
Paypal Mission Control.
Insider Trader in Jail.
Patent that Test.
Wanna be a Snitch (Gag)
US Training International Judges with your Money?
Snow Mobile Jumping Radical!
Delicious for Sale.
Gifts for College Students.
Itunes/Apple TV and Google DNS not Good!
Gmail Calling Free extended.
Motorola CES Teaser Video.

GNC-2009-07-14 #493 Preparing for Show 500!

Like a goof ball I forgot to announce a winner tonight on the PodcastMadness GNC giveaway. Promise to do it first thing next show. Lots to catch you all up on including some minor construction that is going to take place here in the Studio. Time to update the electrical capacity so we don’t stress and circuits. Bringing some serious amps into the studio via a local electrician. If you want to contribute to the show 500 fund for a needy audience member please paypal podcast@podcastconnect.com any donation is fine.

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Top 10 Science Videos
DOE to shutdown one of new Labs due to funding?
New Gen of workers changing office Policies!
Streaming Replacing Downloading?
Wells Fargo sues itself?
NASA has found the Tapes!
Pandora says Radio needs to pay as well.
Apollo 11 40 Year Anniversary!
Microsoft warns of New Attacks again.
PingWire shows TwitPics Stream
iPhone VC funding breaks 100 Million!
Learn and Get CPR certified via the Wii!
Shuttle Delayed Again!
Amazon to buy Netflix?
Windows 7 close to RTM
Bing at Month One, what do you think?
Video of Ze Frank worth watching!
FeedStitch RSS Stitcher.
Office 2010 updates in Videos
IS VC Industry going to change?
Fortune, Business Week and Forbes on Sell List!
Marc off to Ohio listen up!
HP Printers in Action (Video)
Zune HD?
Apollo 11 mission on Web!
IronKey World’s most Secure USB Stick!
Verizon puts hammer down!
Chris Pirillo goes to the boat USS Nimitz!
Asa shows IE Trends

GNC-2009-05-29 #481 I lead off with PowerPress Update

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Palm Pre will Sync with iTunes!
Ultimate Chip Cooling
Party online likes its 1964!
ISS Image from Ground Telescope
Geek Gear!
Look mom no Finger Prints!
Zune HD Video and Overview
Hulu had a reason for putting Boxee in Penalty Box!
Wikipedia blocks Scientology IP’s
Woz amazed at Microsoft’s Bing.com
The Secret Newspaper Honcho Meeting to retake the world.
What Model of Camera is This?
New Mars Rover Named!
Soyuz off to ISS with 3 more Crew Members!
If you got this Ticket you would be mad.
Closest Supernova in 5 Years!
This is how F111 dumps Fuel
EFF comes up with some Instructional Material.
FCC to deal with Rural Broadband
Spam Levels reaching 90%
Acer Windows Home Server great Price!
Windows 7 SSD Performance.
Scan your Prints when leaving the US.
DNS should remain in US Control?
AT&T CEO says Data Consumption on Mobile Networks Killing Them!
Dutch Music Firm Gamble with Artist Earnings.
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GNC-2007-05-25 #270

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Show Notes:
Google Investment
FCC Spectrum Sales
Cool Theme
Tradeshow and Podcast CPM
Twenty WordPress Themes
GoDaddy and Indy 500
iPod Amnesty
DNS Hacking
Cell Phone Terminology
Walmart and Dell
Lazy Mom
Mac Mini RIP
Heartbeat Mouse
Credit Card via Search
Managed Copy
WebJay Dead Poll
Saturn Clumps
Nissan Keys
Best Buy Sued
Verizon and Vonage
AllofMP3 Speaks out