FBI Warns Facebook Users [Virus]

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WASHINGTON -- Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.


The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.


According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 64,000 still-infected computers are probably in the United States.


The Canadian Internet Registration Authority said about 25,000 of the computers initially affected by the malware were in Canada, but now only about 7,000 machines remain infected there, according to Canadian Internet Registration Authority spokesman Mark Buell.


He said his organization, together with Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission, has developed an online site where computer users can check their computers for the malware.


People whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.


The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.


In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.


And while it was the first time they'd done something like that, FBI officials acknowledged that it may not be the last, since authorities are taking on more of these types of investigations.


The temporary Internet system they set up, however, will be shut down at 11:01 p.m. CDT Sunday, which is Monday on the East Coast.


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


But popular social networking sites and Internet providers have gotten more involved, reaching out to computer users to warn of the problem.


According to Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent, many Internet providers are ready for the problem and have plans to try to help their customers. Some, such as Comcast, already have reached out.


The company sent out notices and posted information on its website. Because the company can tell whether there is a problem with a customer's Internet server, Comcast sent an email, letter or Internet notice to customers whose computers appeared to be affected.


Grasso said other Internet providers may come up with technical solutions that they will put in place Monday that will either correct the problem or provide information to customers when they call to say their Internet isn't working.


Both Facebook and Google created their own warning messages that showed up if someone using either site appeared to have an infected computer. Facebook users would get a message that says, "Your computer or network might be infected," along with a link that users can click for more information.


Google users got a similar message, displayed at the top of a Google search results page. It also provides information on correcting the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author payment proof
    I saw this and checked my computer again yesterday. All was good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Good luck to you if you believe this pile of rubbish.

    This is an old story that the media is trying to spin around for ratings. I've been knowing this for a long time but the only difference now is that the story you posted is even more exaggerated than the original one.
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    • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
      Originally Posted by Christian Cee View Post

      Good luck to you if you believe this pile of rubbish.

      This is an old story that the media is trying to spin around for ratings. I've been knowing this for a long time but the only difference now is that the story you posted is even more exaggerated than the original one.
      From the survey, I see a lot of facebook users update the status of disabling Internet on July 9, 2012. After a survey I did in fact happen, which is due to the existing DNS Malware. But it seems that deactivation will occur on July 9, 2012 is a computer that is infected with the Malware DNS.

      For more information please access the official website VALID FBI.
      References:
      http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011...malware_110911
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  • Profile picture of the author KaosVox
    People actually believe this nonsense? Or is this legit? Quite honestly, I think I'm fine, I keep my PC completely locked out from viruses and other types of harmful objects/programs/etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author AuthorityRush
      Wouldn't it be nice if the FBI took a few dollars of my tax money, paid a programmer to create a simple script that checked for the virus and deleted it from my computer rather than just warning me to look for something I haven't a clue what I am looking for?

      Not so worried though. My main computer runs with Linux. No anti virus needed
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        You want a clue?

        I posted this link here two days ago - link to check for the problem - and links to fixes.

        DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group

        Is it a potentially big problem? Only for those affected by it. When every news outlet is publishing the warnings - might be smarter to check out the facts and decide for yourself rather than theorizing.
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        • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          You want a clue?

          I posted this link here two days ago - link to check for the problem - and links to fixes.

          DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group

          Is it a potentially big problem? Only for those affected by it. When every news outlet is publishing the warnings - might be smarter to check out the facts and decide for yourself rather than theorizing.
          yeah,, that's right. just keep safety
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      • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
        Originally Posted by StreetBacon View Post

        Wouldn't it be nice if the FBI took a few dollars of my tax money, paid a programmer to create a simple script that checked for the virus and deleted it from my computer rather than just warning me to look for something I haven't a clue what I am looking for?

        That is just about exactly what they've done. See the link Kay posted a few posts below yours. They're working with a group that's set up a site that checks computers and, if needed, cleans them.


        Not so worried though. My main computer runs with Linux. No anti virus needed
        Don't get too lulled into that false sense of security.
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  • Profile picture of the author toddr
    so is this like , when you go to search for something on google and you click the link but redirects to a different page because i currently have this problem and norton nor bitdefender no malwarebytes fixes this
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    As it turns out... only a few computers were affected in the US. This was nowhere near a "internet black out" it wasn't even a fart. Don't always fall for what the media tells you.

    Back to internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Christian Cee View Post

      As it turns out... only a few computers were affected in the US. This was nowhere near a "internet black out" it wasn't even a fart. Don't always fall for what the media tells you.

      Back to internet marketing.
      Can anyone say "Y2K"?
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  • Profile picture of the author seether101
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    facebook management sucks, they are all types of hacks on fb, i get angry most times, when i log in and see the nonsense on my pages.
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