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What’s in a Domain Name Server?

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Happy Monday.

The news you need to know about this fine Monday morning (that doesn’t involve impeachment inquiries): Google and Mozilla are looking to encrypt the Internet domain name system (better known as DNS), which could keep bad actors from snooping on websites and spoofing.

But which could also keep ISPs from gathering user data because the browser session data would become opaque to them.

As a report in The Wall Street Journal observed, Google indicated it is making this move to improve users’ security and privacy and will leave consumers more in charge of who shares their Internet data.

Though ISPs are logically concerned by the move, so are the Three Letter Agencies, for which the move could make it more difficult to monitor Internet traffic.

And with Google operating its own DNS service, the story cites that some “are concerned that the DNS upgrade could ultimately concentrate too much off the Internet’s traffic in the hands of Google.”

Engadget is reporting separately that this move is “raising hackles among American officials” and that the U.S. Department of Justice has received complaints and the House Judiciary Committee is investigating.

Turns out the answer to the question “What’s in a name?” is, quite a bit.

Written by turbotodd

September 30, 2019 at 9:45 am

Don’t Get Knocked Offline With DNSChanger!

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Heads up: Krebs On Security is reporting that the DNSChanger Trojan horse virus is still in 12% of the Fortune 500!

On July 9, any systems still infected will be “summarily disconnected from the rest of the Internet.”

Click to enlarge. The U.S. government’s “safetey net” for the DNSChanger virus will go offline on Monday, July 9, which could see thousands could lose access to the Internet that once infected approximately 4 million computers across the world. The Federal Bureau of Investigation first gave details about the virus last November, which affects computers’ abilities to correctly access the Internet’s DNS system — essentially, the Internet’s phone book. The virus would redirect Internet users to fake DNS servers, often sending them to fake sites or places that promoted fake products.

The attached infographic provides some of the key background and history, but now the question is, what to do about it?

PC World explains DNSChanger rerouted infected computers through servers controlled by a criminal ring based in Eastern Europe, by basically hijacking the DNS service.

If you’ve been infected and recently visited Facebook or Google, PC World explains, you’ve likely seen a warning. But to be sure, check out this tutorial to see if DNSChanger has infected your PC (Mac or Windows).

There’s also a list of removal tools here you can use to learn more and prevent your systems from going offline on July 9th!

Written by turbotodd

July 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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