CNET reporter Sumi Das and senior editor Seth Rosenblatt sit down to discuss the FBI's takedown of the DNSChanger network that some feared would kill the Internet for thousands this morning. It ended up being mostly hype. So can we put it behind us?
The FBI shut down DNSChanger servers overnight; but, far from the expected mass outage, the event was quietly anticlimactic.
The exec says the threat wasn't hyped, and credits police, ISPs and others with efforts that preserved Internet access for millions after the FBI took down malware-associated servers.
Public awareness campaigns help drop the number of infected computers to the thousands, and ISPs save the day for the rest.
The shutdown will likely pose a problem for anyone whose DNS settings still point to the former rogue network.
The FBI will be closing the DNSChanger network on Monday, after which thousands worldwide are expected to no longer be able to access the Internet.
On that day, the FBI will be shutting down the temporary DNS servers it used to assist DNSChanger victims.
With the July 9 Web apocalypse nearing for computer owners infected with the malicious DNSChanger malware, the social network reaches out to tell them how to clean their machines.
Google is using a clever Domain Name System hack to let people infected with the DNSChanger malware know that they have only a few weeks left before their Internet connection goes dead.
The effort to clean up the DNSChanger malware attack is seeing renewed focus as the rogue DNS server shutdown deadline approaches on July 9.