Hundreds Of Thousands Could Lose Internet Access In July

InternetA few mouse clicks now could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections after early July.

The problem started when international hackers launched an online advertising scam in an effort to take control of infected computers around the world.

In November 2011, six Estonian nationals were arrested and charged with running the scam that infected millions of computers worldwide and an estimated 500,000 in the U.S.

“They were organized and operating as a traditional business but profiting illegally as the result of the malware,” said a cyber agent who worked the case. “There was a level of complexity here that we haven’t seen before.”

In a highly unusual move, the FBI responded by setting up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for users whose computers were infected, but that system will be shut down this summer.

But the court order authorizing the safety net expires on July 9, so the FBI is now encouraging users to visit a website run by a security partner that will inform them whether their PCs are infected and explain how to fix the problem.

After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.

Information About How To Check And Clean Your Computer

Checking Windows 7 for Infections

The easiest way to check if your system is violated with DNS Changer malware is to go to one of the “are you infected sites” (see below). These sites only require someone to visit. The “are you infected site” will inform you if you are infected.

Note: These sites only detect for DNS Changer. You might be infected with other malware. Please take appropriate precautions to protect your computer.

 

Go to one of the following sites if you are running MS Windows 7 to verify whether or not your computer has been infected:

 

URL Language Maintainer
www.dns-ok.us English DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG)
www.dns-ok.de German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) & Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)
www.dns-ok.fi Finnish, Swedish, English CERT-FI is the Finnish national reporting point for computer security incidents and information security threats. CERT-FI is also responsible of maintaining the national information security situation awareness system.
www.dns-ok.ax Swedish, Finnish, English CERT-FI is the Finnish national reporting point for computer security incidents and information security threats. CERT-FI is also responsible of maintaining the national information security situation awareness system.
www.dns-ok.be Dutch/French CERT-BE is the primary Belgian contact point for dealing with Internet security threats and vulnerabilities affecting Belgian interests.
www.dns-ok.fr French Le CERT-LEXSI est la division de veille et d’enquête sur Internet, dédiée à la protection du patrimoine en ligne des organisations.
www.dns-ok.ca English/French Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC)
www.dns-ok.lu English CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg) is the national Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT – CERT) coordination center for the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
www.dns-ok.nl Dutch SIDN (the Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands)
dns-ok.gov.au English CERT Australia, Stay Smart Online, and Australian Communications and Media Authority joint page on DNSChanger Information
dns-changer.eu German, Spanish, English ECO (Association of the German Internet Industry)

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2 Responses to Hundreds Of Thousands Could Lose Internet Access In July

  1. E. White says:

    Don’t wait until it’ too late, this is not a hoax.

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