Judge grants extension on DNSChanger server shutdown

A federal judge has agreed to allow more time for organizations and individuals to clean systems of the DNSChanger malware, which had infected millions of computers around the world as part of a click-jacking scheme.

A judge in federal court for the Southern District of New York granted a request by the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District and NASA to extend the deadline for shutting off servers that had been keeping infected computers connected to the Internet, Computerworld reported

The Estonia-based click-jacking ring, which the FBI busted in November 2011, infected as many as 4 million computers with DNSChanger, which redirected DNS queries to malicious sites.

After the arrests and seizure of the ring’s servers, the FBI received a court order to allow the non-profit Internet Systems Consortium to continue to operate the name servers as replacements. Otherwise, computers infected with the malware would effectively be cut off from the Internet.

The original deadline for shutting the servers down was March 8. The court petition asked that it be extended to July 9.

Rod Rasmussen, president and CTO of the security firm Internet Identity and a member of the DNSChanger Working Group, told GCN at the recent RSA Security conference that federal agencies had mostly cleaned their systems of DNSChanger, but that there could be many infections still outside government.

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