July 9Th, Mark Your Calenders...

July 9Th, Mark Your Calenders...

Joined: December 3rd, 2005, 3:06 pm

April 26th, 2012, 3:22 pm #1

'Internet blackout' set for 9 July:
FBI to 'pull plug' on 350,000 virus-infected machines - cutting off Web for users in U.S. and UK
Machines infected with virus being 'kept alive' by FBI
Operation costing so much FBI will 'pull plug' on 9 July
350,000 PCs infected, mostly private individuals
80,000 victims in U.S., 20,000 in UK

By Rob Waugh
UPDATED: 06:50 EST, 25 April 2012

On 9 July this year, the internet will suddenly 'turn off' for thousands of users around the world.
Around 350,000 PC users have machines infected with an invisible, undetectable 'Trojan' computer virus called DNSChanger, which sends users of the Web to unintended - and sometimes illegal - sites.
When the FBI detected the infection they set up 'surrogate' servers to keep the infected PCs working - but it's costing so much that they intend to 'pull the plug' on 9 July.

Around 350,000 PC users have machines infected with an invisible, undetectable 'Trojan' computer virus called DNSChanger, which sends users of the Web to unintended - and sometimes illegal - sites

Infected: The Trojan 'DNSChanger' could cause millions - including Fortune 500 companies - to lose their Internet if the FBI shuts down surrogate servers
Court order: The FBI has been ordered to retire their surrogate servers by March 8
'If we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure, the victims were going to be without internet service,' said Tom Grasso, an FBI agent talking to Fox News.

According to RT Network, servers function by translating traditional website URLs to their numeric counterpart.
But computers with the Trojan, which originally emerged in Estonia, will send users to fraudulent websites.

And, if the FBI shuts off their emergency servers, millions of people could potentially be without Internet.

The temporary servers set up by the FBI were created to allow companies to remove the worm from their infected servers; those affected had 120 days to get rid of the malware.
After FBI warnings, the number of PCs infected with the Trojan has plunged - and most are in the hands of private individuals, not companies.
Of the 350,000 infected machines worldwide, 85,000 are in the U.S and 20,000 are in the UK.

Ticking clock: The FBI's surrogate servers can run until March 8, at which point they will either have to be shut down or run by a court-ordered extension
The malware is especially effective, Gizmodo reports, because it blocks infected users from visiting secure sites that could help them rid of the worm.
Law enforcement officials and the computer industry have been working together in a coalition to fight the malware.

The group, called the DNSChanger Working Group, will examine possibilities to fixing the problem.
If no solution is reached, millions of people could be without the Internet, RT reports.

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Joined: July 9th, 2008, 12:21 am

April 26th, 2012, 5:18 pm #2

I went to the FBI's site and did a search on this. Guess what? Nothing..!

If legit, I certainly think the FBI would have information about it.

It appears to me to be a scam to route some to a malware/bogus site

somewhere in Kkzzzaaacccaaastan for who knows what. I'm not buying it.


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Joined: March 13th, 2009, 5:21 pm

April 26th, 2012, 6:34 pm #3

Basically what happened was some crooks in Estonia infected a number of PC's with maleware that redirects them to bogus servers in Estonia. When the FBI shut these servers down months back, as a courtesy and to keep the internet working for infected computers the FBI installed some servers as a temporary remedy for these infected computers. At this point the temporary FBI servers are being removed is all, and those infected computer will merely be forced to face up to there existing maleware problem.

If you click on the link for checking your PC at the bottom of the PCworld article, when the page opens the first thing you see is a yes or no if your system is infected or not. Mine was fine.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/254279/f ... paign.html

Last edited by seawater on April 26th, 2012, 7:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Joined: December 3rd, 2005, 3:06 pm

April 26th, 2012, 8:15 pm #4

Simultaneously checking your Cholesterol level?
Sure would be convenient.