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Very Few People Knocked Offline from DNSChanger Malware

It’s hard to know if the media and security experts overreacted with warnings or if those warnings are what prevented a major problem but very few people were knocked offline as a result of the FBI taking down Domain Name Servers that were being accessed by computers infected with the DNSChanger malware.

As I pointed out in my CNET post, Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute told CNET’s Elinor Mills that “we haven’t seen a single report” of someone losing Internet access.” He called the issue “hype.” But Trend Micro Vice President Tom Kellerman says a concerted effort of law enforcement, Internet service providers and security companies successfully warned consumers to fix infected computers before the deadline.

You can read more and listen to my CBS News/CNET podcast with Kellerman here. And don’t miss Elinor Mills CNET post,  DNSChanger apocalypse: Like Y2K, but even snoozier



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