Feds shift DNSChanger cut-off deadline to July

Extra month granted to clean up infected gear

By John Leyden • 9th March 2012 18:07 GMT

The FBI’s DNSChanger deadline extension has been approved by a US Federal Court, buying infected punters more time to clean up their systems.

The move means that machines riddled with the Trojan will still be able to use temporary DNS servers to resolve internet addresses until 9 July. Before the order was granted, infected machines would not have been able to surf the web or handle email properly after 8 March, the previous expiry date of the safety net.

Deployed initially by cyber-crooks, DNSChanger screwed with domain name system (DNS) settings to direct surfers to rogue servers – which hijacked web searches and redirected victims to dodgy websites as part of a long-running click-fraud and scareware distribution scam. (continue reading here)