Remember the news about the DNSChanger and that the FBI will shut-down any computers that are infected with the DNSChanger malware on July 9.
DNSChanger a.k.a. “RSPlug,” “Puper,” and “Jahlav” is a malware created by a group of Internet hackers named Rove Digital in 2007 that modifies the Domain Name Server (DNS) thereby diverting users to the hackers’s site or server when browsing a legitimate website online.
It looks like the DNSChanger and shutting down of those infected computers had little to no effect on the web traffic. This was the findings of Chitika Insights after they made a study using data from Chitika Ad network to see if DNSChanger-infected computers had a big effect on web traffic before, on and after the event.
Chitika added “The data shows that there was no significant impact in terms of overall web volume after the FBI shut down the dedicated servers intended to keep consumers online. This is likely in part due to the low level of penetration seen by DNSChanger after public awareness campaigns. ISPs also played a role in keeping consumers online, by redirecting the traffic of infected users to servers set up which will allow them to continue to access the web.”
Just like the Y2K bug, the news was either “played up” by the media/blog/tech sites or public awareness campaigns have been effective and people where able to check, remove and fix any damages made by the DNSChanger.
Source: Chitika Insights