This past weekend the Valley News and other newspapers ran a story about the DNSChanger malware. This is not a new computer security problem but it is making the news again. A friend asked me about this trojan and I thought I would share my response with you.
This piece of malware is actually pretty clever. It changes settings on your computer that will cause it to use rogue Internet servers to access Internet sites. The malicious servers gave fake, malicious answers, altered user searches, and promoted fake and dangerous products. The FBI shut down the rogue servers, but not before millions of computers were infected worldwide. The virus is pretty easy to remove.
Did you know that the College offers free antivirus software for home computers to current employees and students? You can download the software from the Academic Computing website: Symantec AntiVirus for Mac OS X or Symantec Endpoint Protection for Windows.
If you are interested in reading about computer security attacks and solutions, you can browse several books from our subscription to Safari Books Online such as Inside Cyber Warfare, Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook or The Essential guide to Home Computer Security.