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Estonian man gets over 7 years in prison for role in global DNS hijacking botnet

Lucian Constantin | April 29, 2016
Vladimir Tsastsin was one of seven individuals behind a US$14 million click fraud operation that used the DNSChanger botnet

Over the past several years security researchers have observed many large-scale attacks designed to change the DNS settings on routers, either by exploiting vulnerabilities in their firmware or by hijacking users' browsers when they visited compromised websites.

Router owners should periodically check their device manufacturer's website for firmware updates and install them, especially if they contain security fixes. They should also change the default administrator password on their routers and make sure to always log out from the router's management interfaces after accessing it through a browser.

 

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