Last November, Law enforcement officials took down a ring of Estonian cyber criminals that operated malicious software called DNSchanger. DNSchanger works by quietly changing the DNS servers in your computer, and then redirecting you to fraudulent versions of the websites you trust. In total, the scam netted the criminals $14million. DNS--Domain name system--is an internet service that converts user friendly domain names, such as www.facebook.com, into numerical addresses that allows computers to talk to each other. Simply put, it is the mode of communication between your computer and the very websites you visit on a daily basis. Without DNS and the DNS servers operated by the Internet service providers (ISP), computer users will not be able to browse websites, send emails or connect to any internet service. With this dangerous 'made in Estonia' malware", these cyber criminals were able to control DNS servers. As a result, unsuspecting users are forced to fraudulent websites, havinterference during their web surfing and expose their computers to various kinds of other malicious softwares.
Monday, 14 May 2012
Operation Ghost Click---You'll Likely not lose internet by July this year but......Estonian Cyber Criminals Apprehended by FBI.
We need a World with a better, safer and faster online interconnectivity. Cybercrime has and is always a bone of contention. Few know how dangerous it is, given that the daily average internet user normally spends most of their days on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and the popular e-mail provider Yahoo! However a group of Estonians didn't think so until they were apprehended. And to cap it all, the online theft machinery they put in place gathered them nothing less than $14 million. Almsot 350,000 people may likely lose internet this July. Well, that may look like a mini-figure given the ever-increasing world population, but given the fast pace of today's world, an internet-less day for one soul may result in loss of tons of information. So, just how can the IT world ensure that by July, 350,000 people do not get blocked out from the world?