DNC Changer Working Group, FILE , Associated Press
Will Oremus posted this ditty on Slate today:
If you want to make sure you'll still be able to use the Internet when you wake up Monday morning, go to the DNS Changer Working Group website right now, click "Detect," and follow the instructions from there.
That's the website of the DCWG, set up by court order to fix a bunch of servers that had been taken over by an Estonian crime ring. The ring, which was busted last November, had been using the servers to redirect millions of Internet users to rogue websites when they tried to visit normal websites. The FBI took over the servers and cleaned them up, but it doesn't particularly want to be in the business of running DNS servers permanently — so it's shutting them down on July 9.
The date has been dubbed "Internet Doomsday" because everyone still using those servers will lose pretty much all access to the Web once the FBI takes them down. The name is a little hyperbolic, given that only a few hundred thousand people are still on the servers. Still, it's probably best to make sure you aren't one of them.
Read more about How to make sure you won't lose all Internet access on Monday on Slate.
- 50 things you might not know about 15 of your...
- Expelling Santa from school? Holiday...
- TV Review: Broadway wins in live 'Sound of...
- Utahns react to death of Nelson Mandela
- Former South African President Nelson Mandela...
- 'Sound of Music' alive for 18.5 million viewers
- Obama administration will allow green energy...
- Switched at birth, man raised in poverty...
- Obama: Income inequality a defining... 105
- Court: Mormon church, members not... 34
- Notre Dame sues over health care law's... 31
- Fast-food strikes return amid push for... 29
- Colorado court hears discrimination... 28
- Fast food outlets planning strike for... 25
- Research: Native American genes have... 23
- Obama declares health care law is... 21