FBI Tells How to Avoid Internet Malware Attack Monday

Sleeper malware could knock thousands off the internet Monday.

A dozen years ago there was the widely dreaded Y2K virus that threatened to wreak pandemic damage to computers around the globe. Now there is a malware virus called DNSChanger that will spring into action when users log onto the Internet this Monday, July 9 expecting to access the Internet through their own Internet Service Provider- ISP.

"The risk depends on what malware is intended to do," said Arthur Anderson of Rye IT consulting service . "Depending on the way it is coded, Anderson explained, malware can disrupt Internet service or even access data stored on your computer. That may include information about your identity, passwords and other information.

The DNSChanger malware threatens lock out tens of thousands of people from Internet access Monday, July 9. It may also search out private information.

According to the FBI, the trojan virus will divert users from legitimate ISP servers to malicious sites that will alter their Domain Namer Server- the unique address of your computing device. Without access to the correct DNS and DNS servers, you would not be able to access websites, send e-mail, or use any other Internet services.

A Huffington Post report citing FBI data estimates as many as 277,000 computers infected worldwide and about 64,000  in the United States.

What To Do

  • The FBI has set up a website with instructions and safe links to check your computer for the malware at http://www.dcwg.org.
  • The FBI site shuts down just after midnight Sunday- at 12:01 a.m. EDT, so don't wait!
  • If your cable company is your ISP, check their sites for instructions.  Click here for links to the pages Verizon and Cablevision have set up for their customers 
  • If the virus hits your computer, you will have to manually reset your local DNS settings then make sure your computer is clean at http://www.dns-ok.us

Experts predict malware attack on personal computers, portable devices and laptops, even smartphones will increase by the end of the year. Antivirus software developer Trend Micro estimates more than a dozen malicious apps were downloaded over 700,000 times from Google's popular mobile app market before they were removed.

eight4five July 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
nothin like good ol false information to get the people into a panic, haha. DNSChanger Trojans are used to hijack search results while blocking victims from visiting security sites. The FBI was able to replace some of the effected DNS infrastructure with legitimate DNS servers to keep infected users online. Legally they only had until March 8 to keep that infrastructure up and running, meaning that millions of unaware infected users would suddenly be connectionless after that data. Fortunately, the FBI was able to extend that date -- but only until 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, July 9 (next Monday). So all this means is that sometime before Monday, visit one of the FBI's safe "check" sites and scan your system. If your infected, the FBI gives you the information to remove the malware from your system. Nothing happening on Monday other then the FBI not maintaining the infected DNS


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