DNSChanger Server Deactivation Wasn't A Big Deal, ISPs Say

Brad Chacos

The e-sky is falling! The e-sky is falling! At least, you'd think so with all the hype the DNSChanger Trojan received in the days leading up to the FBI's disconnection of its servers. It was supposed to spell the end of the Internet for hundreds of thousands of innocent Web goers! Well, the feds flipped the switch yesterday; did the world end? Not so much.

Computerworld and PCMag.com checked in with several of the top ISPs around the country and found that despite all the doom and gloom, the disconnection of DNSChanger's servers didn't really affect the lives of too many people. Verizon and Comcast each reported that less than 0.1 of their customers lost DNS access from the switch, Cox says that less than 1 percent of its users felt the change, and AT&T said there was "very little impact" on service.

The various ISPs had been actively contacting users infected by DNSChanger in the days leading up to disconnection. Subscribers who didn't heed the warning were either automatically switched to their ISP's DNS servers or pointed to an information page that explained what happened, depending on the provider. Those band-aids only work for a limited time, however; the handful offormerly infected users will need to point their PCs to a new DNS connection sometime soon to avoid an interruption in service.

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