Will Your Malware Infected Computer Surf the Web On July 9?
By now you know that according to the Mayan calendar, the world as we know it will come to an end later this year; December 21, 2012 to be exact.
With only 250 days left, you’d sure hate to be unable to surf the ‘net most of that time. So please pay attention to this July 9 deadline.
If you’re not ready, you won’t be able to browse the world wide web beginning July 9, thanks to a nasty of a group of Estonian DNS (domain name server) hijackers who are now in the custody of the FBI.
Are you ready? I found this irresistible. Click on this link: http://www.dns-ok.us/
If you don’t believe me, go to FBI’s site first.
If your computer is free of this malware, you’ll see a pleasant green notice reassuring you that all is well.
I checked all of the computers at my home and office this week. It was quick and easy. And all of my devices passed with flying colors.
But the DNS Changer Working Group said that as recently as February the malware had infected machines used by half of all Fortune 500 companies and 27 out of 55 government agencies. It’s estimated that 570,000 computers worldwide were infected.
So, don’t take my good luck as a reason to not check and correct your systems.
July 9 is a serious deadline. That’s the day the FBI takes down the patching servers that have been bridging the gap between you and the real domain you want to reach.
If you’ve been infected with the gang’s malware, they’ve taken control of your computer and rerouted you to rogue DNS servers.
It’s a part of a 4-year, $14 million click fraud scam.
Unknown to us all, since the Estonian gang’s servers were shut down, the FBI has been operating some benevolent servers that take you where you’re supposed to go, even though the malware is still controlling your computer.
There’s not much time left.
I’m still scratching my head about how to prepare for December 21. What are you doing?