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DNS Changer Malware, Whom Do You Trust?

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 9, 2012

No. 875

Did the whole Changer Malware story sound a little phishy to you?  Our Superheroes at the FBI have been holding the bad guys off from destroying the world, or at least denying it internet access. These malware evildoers, who are reputed to have been arrested recently in Estonia, have been redirecting unsuspecting internet users to a website that injects you with the virus, but it hasn’t been effective because the FBI has been protecting us.

But all good things must end and even the FBI eventually grew tired of bearing the weight of the earth on its shoulders.  So, as of yesterday at midnight, they removed their finger from the dike.  The world did not end, though.  If you are reading this post, I have good news for you.  You are connected to the internet.

Notwithstanding, if you are still concerned, there is a place you can go to check to see whether your computer has been visiting any sites where it shouldn’t have been.  Here’s a link to dcw.org that I got from the Think Left Blog.  You can use it if you wish. It says that if you can see the images on this website, you are not infected. Except . . .

Who the hell is dcw.org anyway? And who deputized them to tell me that I am free of this virus? I guess I’ll have to find another website that I can trust to tell me that dcw.net  knows what it is doing.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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