For Immediate Release
Computer Related Article
By Will Claney, Tech Writer
DNS Virus Hijacks Your Internet Router
Don’t be alarmed but your router is being hacked and the thieves can see and hear everything you do on the Internet. They may control your Internet connection right now, and you don’t even know it. This attack is not a typical virus that can be removed by a good virus scanner like AVG or McAfee, but don’t be alarmed, there is an easy way to fix this problem, and “presto” it’s gone.
Home routers come under attack from DNS redirection
Home and business routers for both PC and Macs, smartphones users and anything connected to your router (baby monitors, refrigerators, alarm systems, wireless printers, etc.) are under attack; this attack redirects your router to other hacked and infected web sites. “Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers,” according to techworld.com.
The attack replaces Dynamic Name Service (DNS) addresses with its own directing your router to visit compromised sites and try to infect your further. The compromised site may look like your regular bank site. Beware if your password “fails” on this site, your bank accounts are at risk.
“If you are one of our customers, you are protected against the virus attacking your computer,” said Chris Stuart of ComputersUSA. “However, you may not be protected against the router hack,” he continued. Your computer can’t detect the DNS change because it is occurring in your router, and your computer thinks everything is okay. No anti-virus will activate to protect you.
DNS is the phone book of the Internet. It takes names like www.shopcusa.com and converts it to a string of numbers that computers understand. Your router links you to the web site you want with these computer numbers. What this Trojan does is change the DNS phone book in your router, to one that directs you to other infected sites, or spoofs the appearance of your regular site. Your computer does what it is told and gives up all your secret information. Beware, everything seems fine and you may not know you’re infected.
Here’s how you know if you are subject to the problem as most people are. Check your router log in. Does your router log in with “admin” and “password” or other “default” and generic setting? If so, you are going to get hit. But don’t worry, it’s an easy fix.
The potential for loss is enormous and the prevention is fairly easy and we give you the steps here. First you must know your IP username and password. That is the name you used to sign up with Comcast, AT&T, Astound (now called Wave), etc. Second, you need the username and password to your router. Third, reset your router, reinstall the DNS addresses, setup wireless security, and install a new router user name and secure password. Presto. Done. Want to see it again?
Sorry to tease. But the fix is easy, time consuming to be sure, but easy because all you are really doing is getting rid of generic login names and passwords. Sound too complicated for you to do? A competent IT/tech person will be happy to assist you on a remote help session to verify if you have the issue and to fix most of them. Some routers will require an on-site visit to fix.
Please, fix this now.