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Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/04/21 11:53:36

For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

"We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because ... if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service," said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. "The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get 'page not found' and think the Internet is broken."

On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using. Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn't enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.

Now, said Grasso, "the full court press is on to get people to address this problem." And it's up to computer users to check their PCs.

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  • keeper 2012/04/21 21:50:41
    keeper
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    Do you trust that link? or is this a way for the gov. to gain access to your computer?

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  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/04/22 11:43:52
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    My IP is outside the USA....
  • blah 2012/04/22 03:44:17
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    Checked, not infected.
  • keeper blah 2012/04/22 15:33:45
    keeper
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    Both links froze my computer... not a good thing~~~
  • blah keeper 2012/04/22 16:01:52
    blah
    +2
    Strange, smooth sailing for me. Got a report back...the green light and said all is good, not infected.
  • keeper blah 2012/04/22 16:20:18
    keeper
    Glad to hear... I tried it again this morning and the Beaumont link opened, but not the other...
  • Rabbit 2012/04/22 00:59:35
    Rabbit
    +3
    I'm with Keepern on this one. I've come to not trust anything that is government.

    trust your government
  • keeper Rabbit 2012/04/22 15:33:10
    keeper
    +1
    Ditto!!
  • keeper 2012/04/21 21:50:41
    keeper
    +4
    Do you trust that link? or is this a way for the gov. to gain access to your computer?
  • keeper keeper 2012/04/21 21:52:11
    keeper
    +2
    By the way, that dcwg would not open for me...
  • Just me ♥ keeper 2012/04/21 21:56:05
    Just me ♥
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    I left an answer to that effect on a question similar to this one yesterday. Alot of times, such links ARE the virus. I would be hesitant to open it.
  • keeper Just me ♥ 2012/04/21 23:07:12
    keeper
    +1
    I guess I am lucky neither one of those would open for me...
  • Just me ♥ keeper 2012/04/21 23:14:38
    Just me ♥
    +2
    Yep. How are you tonight, Keeper? Holding Tx down are you? Cold up here in Misery...60 degrees...YIKES. I had to scrape ice off my windshield this morning just to drive to work. :o)
  • keeper Just me ♥ 2012/04/22 15:31:23
    keeper
    Texas is Sweeet!! We were actually chilly this morning, 61' ....lol ;o)
  • Just me ♥ keeper 2012/04/22 16:40:28
    Just me ♥
    +2
    Chilly here right now, too. I think we are still in the 40s. Im getting ready to take a much needed nap wrapped up all snuggly in my blankets. I worked a 16 yesterday and have to work until 11 tonight.. TTYL :o)
  • keeper Just me ♥ 2012/04/23 01:14:40
    keeper
    +1
    Please take care of yourself~~~ ;o)
  • Just me ♥ keeper 2012/04/23 01:21:28
    Just me ♥
    +1
    Im trying to...
  • keeper Just me ♥ 2012/04/23 01:24:28
  • Rabbit keeper 2012/04/22 02:24:42
    Rabbit
    +2
    Sorry I misspeled your name, I don't know how that "n" got in there.
  • keeper Rabbit 2012/04/22 15:32:51
    keeper
    +2
    No problem Rabbit... trying to open the links actually froze my computer twice!!! Had to reboot!!
  • Rabbit keeper 2012/04/23 00:28:17
    Rabbit
    +2
    Sometimes you need to delete your browsing history...it works for me.

    delete browsing history
  • keeper Rabbit 2012/04/23 01:13:49
    keeper
    +2
    I do that daily... I did finally open them...
    Thanx for the interest...
  • Rabbit keeper 2012/04/25 06:24:54
    Rabbit
    +2
    You're welcomed Mr. Keeper.
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/21 17:14:08
    JoeM~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    This is the first I have hear of this. thanks
  • Andy 2012/04/21 12:52:11
    Andy
    +1
    Sadly...many on the internet have no clue how the internet works, or how their own computer works. This could be a BOOM for the computer repair industry!!
  • Bingo's Faddah 2012/04/21 12:05:19
    Bingo's Faddah
    +1
    Thanks for this post. But you forgot to blame the entire issue on Obama!

    post forgot blame issue obama
  • ~ The R... Bingo's... 2012/04/21 12:10:36
  • The Winter Sodahead 2012/04/21 12:04:21
    The Winter Sodahead
    +1
    It seems that I am not infected

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