Monday, April 23, 2012
In less than three months, hundreds of thousands of internet users across the U.S. could lose their ability to connect to the world wide web, thanks to international hackers who have infected websites.
The strain of walware is called the DNS Changer.
"Basically, you go get a virus, and then they re-direct you to a fake webpage. We've seen it for at least a few years," said Justin Parson, Ribbit Computers.
The fake webpages look so similar to the actual pages, most computer users don't realize they're on a different page.
Some viruses, like the DNS Changer can prevent some computers from updating or using anti-virus software.
Eventually, your computer may not allow you to connect to the internet.
"You're going to lose internet, but if you remove the virus, everything will go back to normal," said Parson.
The FBI recommends everyone to visit www.dcwg.org to check if your computer is infected with the malware.
Computer technicians warn doing that may not be for everyone.
"Everyone is going to be leery about going to that web page. Not to say it's not trustworthy, but, it's still your personal information, and they're going to scan your system for a virus, which means they're going to look at every single file on your system," said Parson.
"Make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date, and run a scan on it."
Sunday April, 22, 2012
A warning for all internet users: the Federal Bureau of Investigation says hundreds of thousands of people might not be able to get online this summer.
According to the FBI, most victims don't even know their computers are infected so they're asking all computer owners to check for a type of malware called DNS Changer. Once it's on your computer, if you type in a web address like www.kake.com, the malware can actually send you to a fake version of that website.
On July 9, hundreds of thousands of computers could lose the ability to connect to the internet. According to the FBI, a group of international hackers infected the computers in an online advertising scam.
A safety net set up by the FBI has allowed the infected computers to access the internet for the last few months, but that system will be shut down this summer.
To protect yourself and avoid losing your internet connection, the FBI is asking all computer owners go to www.dcwg.org. The website will let you know if your computer is infected and how to fix it.