Facebook begins notifying DNSChanger victims

Facebook begins notifying DNSChanger victims

Summary: Facebook is beginning to notify DNSChanger victims using the world's most popular social network.


Following Google's recently launched initiative aiming to notify DNSChanger victims, Facebook is also following the example and is beginning to notify victims using the world's most popular social network.

The partnership between Facebook's Product Security Team and the DNSChanger Working Group aims to reach out to the tens of thousands of users still infected with the DNSChanger malware, as they risk losing Internet connectivity on July 9, 2012 when the temporary severs maintaining the infrastructure will be shut down.

You can also check whether you're infected with the DNSChanger malware, by using the DNS Changer Check Up Service, instead of waiting for Google or Facebook to issue you an alert.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

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About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • Nice idea, but...

    Nobody who uses Facebook AND knows about the privacy/security problems with it is going to trust such a message. I'd take one look at it and think "great. Another link to click on that will either ask for excessive rights to my data, or upgrade me to Timeline", and dismiss it immediately.

    Facebook suffers from too many messages (game requests, suggested friends, advertisements, other app requests, you name it) to be a viable delivery system for news like this. Long-time users have learned through years of annoyance to simply ignore anything that doesn't come directly from a friend, and treat those posts with skepticism as well.
    David Stratton
    • agree...but...

      It will catch the people who click on anything, which are the people most likely to be infected in the first place.
  • bah, humbug. More tech support calls for me.

    Why aren't we seeing analysis of these user's traffic patterns? On whose networks do these computers reside? What OS info can we glean? The webpages are already being re-directed, so we can get some idea of the hosts as well as their browsing patterns.

    Chances are, on July 10, there will be a whole bunch of purchases of cheap computers from the local discount store. And thousands of computers dumped in the trash heap.