FBI says malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

July 5th, 20120 Comments »

Back in April, the FBI issued a very strong warning informing the public than hundreds of thousands of people worldwide could lose Internet access in July if they did not take immediate action.  Apparently there are still some computers that are infected in the United States and an updated warning has been issued.  The FBI says malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday so if you haven’t paid attention to the past warnings, you should pay close attention to this one.

Here’s what happened.  Hackers infected a network of what is believed to be more than 570,000 computers worldwide. They took advantage of vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to install malicious software on the victim computers. This turned off antivirus updates and changed the way the computers reconcile website addresses behind the scenes on the Internet’s domain name system.  If you want to read more about the technical aspect of it, please refer to my older blog post,  FBI Says Hundreds Of Thousands May Lose Internet In July

photo of detection tool from DCWGThe FBI says malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday so you need to act quickly.  The FBI had interceded due to the hacking situation and took the very unusual and unprecedented step of putting in place a temporary measure, a safety net,  by bringing in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.

Last November, there was a  court order that dictated that March 9th would be the day to turn off the ISC DNS servers and people that had infected computers would not be able to access the internet.

Since it was  believed that the vast majority of the 4 million compromised computers had not been fixed, the court agreed to an extension of until July 9th.

That is Monday, folks so here is what you need to do,

Visit the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) website from the computer that you want to check.  On the page, there are simple instructions to follow.  You simply clck a link and will find out instantly if you are infected or not.  If you are infected, there are resources on the page that will provide assistance.

If you are infected and do not know it and do not not visit the page mentioned, you will lose your internet access Monday.  Although your internet provider has been provided with instructions to help you regain internet access, why wait.

There are potentially 277,000 computer still infected worldwide with approximately 64,000 in the US.

Don’t delay – check your computer now.

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