According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations more than 300,000 people worldwide could very well be without internet starting 9 July 2012. The warning comes in wake of a multi-million dollar internet scam that is unknowingly affecting users computers around the globe.
The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. The FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers, but that system will shut down July 9. At that point, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
The infection which is purportedly something to do with your DNS servers allows hackers or said infiltrator to invade your computer and redirect you to alternative websites rather than the one you actually meant to go to, so in return, the hackers would pocket a hefty sum for doing their work.
Thankfully, the FBI has created a website to guard yourself from this virus. Some probably won’t check at all, while others are advised to do so so internet services are not lost.
An FBI spokesperson said 6 people associated with the scam had been arrested in November, and they are working harder than ever to catch the rest of the notorious scammers. They’ve reportedly made more than $14 million in this online advertising scam.
The FBI touts the DNS Changer Working Group’s website, which can discern whether you’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. But there are other ways.
Testing for the presence of the malware is easy. Because it redirects your web traffic from “good” to “bad” sites, a simple test at the DNSChanger Eye Chart can readily discern where it sends you. If the site goes red, you’re in harm’s way. Green means clean.
The FBI also has a lookup form on its website, PCMag.com reports. The user can type in the IP address of the DNS server configured on the machine to find out if it is one of the malicious ones identified by law enforcement authorities.
And Kaspersky Lab offers TDSSKiller, a rootkit removal tool, which can also detect DNS Changer and remove it from infected systems, PCMag.com reported.