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Before you read any further, have you checked to make sure your computer is OK? ABC reports on the DNS Changer malware:
It started in 2007, when a group of hackers — six Estonians and one Russian — allegedly started masquerading as Internet advertisers who were paid by the click, according to a 2011 indictment from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in the Southern District of New York. In other words, if an ad got more clicks, they pocketed more cash.
So they figured out a way to beat the system, according to the indictment. They created a piece of malware, called DNS Changer, that tampered with the DNS — the thing that takes a website address and finds the numerical IP address to connect you to that website — redirecting millions of Internet users to sites they didn’t search for.
To check whether your computer is OK, click on this link. If the page is green, you’re in the clear. If it’s red, your computer is infected.
Like a scene out Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” birds have been on the attack in Noe Valley, residents report. From the SF Weekly:
Greg Delory, a Noe Valley dad, told KTVU he thought these warning signs were hilarious, until he was pecked by an unfriendly bird himself. Then he wasn’t laughing.
He described the bizarre avian attack to the news station, saying he was walking down the street when he felt something or someone slam into his back. He turned around and saw this little black bird on the sidewalk, staring him down.