24 Apr '12, 7pm

Will you lose your Internet connection July 9th? The FBI to shut down more than 100 rogue DNS servers via @IEEESpectrum

On 9 July, possibly hundreds of thousands of people around the world may find that they will no longer be able to connect to the Internet. For on that day, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) plans to shut down a network of more than 100 rogue Domain Name System (DNS) servers that it seized last November during an operation against a group of primarily Estonian cyber criminals. The cyber criminals had set up what the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calls a “sophisticated scheme” that allegedly infected over four million computers in 100 countries (a million in the United States alone) with malware that hijacked their users’ Internet searches and re-routed their computers to certain websites and advertisements. Last week, the first of the alleged cyber criminals was extradited from Estonia to New York City to face charges in U. S. District Court Southern Distric...

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