With National Cyber Security Awareness Week over for another year it's timely to consider some of the significant cyber events that occurred last month. This included the hack of LinkedIn, the discovery of the Flame virus and most importantly, the DNS Changer malware which is scheduled to impact thousands of Australians in the next days.
Reminder: DNS Changer to impact on 9 July 2012
Time is running out to make sure you can stay online after Monday. Thousands of Australian internet users are currently infected with DNS Changer (malware). If your computer is infected you need to remove it. If you don't remove it by 9 July 2012, you won't be able to connect to the internet.
At 2pm (AEST) Monday 9 July, the DNSChanger 'rogue' servers will be shut down. If you are affected by DNSChanger malware, you won't be able to use internet services after this time. These rogue servers were enabling your access to these services.
Until 2pm Monday 9 July 2012, you can check whether you are affected at dns-ok.gov.au and find out more information about this malware, including links to tools and detailed documentation to help remove the malware.
Please note that this advice does not apply to Telstra BigPond customers, Telstra is redirecting the DNS of customers affected by DNSChanger. Telstra customers will still be able to visit dns-ok.gov.au after 9 July 2012 to determine whether or not they are affected by DNSChanger - Telstra has configured its network so that this testing can still occur.
If you are unable to access internet services after today, we recommend you visit dns-ok.gov.au through an alternative internet connection (such as a friend's or work connection) and print off the 'DNSChanger Removal' document on this website. It provides advice to help determine if you are affected by DNSChanger.
If you are affected by DNSChanger, it provides some steps to follow to help remove this malware and restore appropriate Domain Name System (DNS) settings.
The dns-ok.gov.au diagnostic and advisory website has been developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), CERT Australia and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE).
Related information on DNSChanger is available at:
1 June - The Flame virus probably doesn't affect you
The start of the month saw the discovery of the now infamous Flame virus. There was significant attention given to it in the media, but you don't need to panic.
Flame certainly is an impressive example of malware. Most assessments of Flame conclude that the development of such a large and technically advanced piece of malware would require significant financial investment - ranging into the millions of dollars. This means that although its origins are unknown, there is a general consensus that it is the product of an extremely well-resourced organisation or perhaps a nation state.
There is ongoing speculation about what or who the target(s) of this malware really were. But, because of indicators such as its size, sophistication, functionality and prevalence, it's extremely unlikely to be of concern to anyone except certain international entities of political or financial consequence.
Flame is quite different to more traditional malware. To date, it has only been identified in extremely low volumes, and it is unlikely to be used to target most users.
18 June - National Cyber Security Awareness Week Wraps Up
This year, around 900 partners, including over 650 schools from across Australia were involved. Its goal is to promote cyber security and safety practices and thinking, and this year was the biggest ever, with headline cyber personalities including Ruby Rose and the ABC's Good Game hosts Bajo and Hex, as well as Senator Stephen Conroy, industry leaders, stakeholders and community interest groups all getting involved.
We're already planning next year - you should think about how your community can be a part of it.
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