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OpenDNS launches tool to combat Downadup virus

Free tool available to businesses and home users
By: Sean Kalinich | Posted: Feb 9, 2009 6:24 pm

The downadup virus has been making a few headlines lately as one of the most widespread and potentially dangerous pieces of Malware out. It is estimated that over 10 million systems are infected. The virus works by forcing infected systems to phone home to up to 250 different domains per day.


These domains as of right now have not had any malicious code attached to them but it is only a matter of time before this happens. But OpenDNS has figured out a method for helping Sysadmins and home users alike to deal with this growing threat.


The way this works is to open a free account with OpenDNS and add your IP to your dashboard. OpenDNS will monitor the network and flag any attempt to reach the downadup domains by systems on your network. The service just went into action today so no one knows how well it works just yet but I have setup and account and will be checking back to let you know.


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