I’m personally not all that knowledgeable about DNS servers or malicious software viruses. But I do listen to a “techie” on the radio and have been alerted all week to a possible problem related to an international cyber ring responsible for infecting millions of computers. Rather than try to pass along information that is almost beyond my understanding, I would like to alert you so you can do your own detective work by accessing a few informative links.
An FBI alert from fall 2011 states:
“Six Estonian nationals have been arrested and charged with running a sophisticated Internet fraud ring that infected millions of computers worldwide with a virus and enabled the thieves to manipulate the multi-billion-dollar Internet advertising industry. Users of infected machines were unaware that their computers had been compromised—or that the malicious software rendered their machines vulnerable to a host of other viruses.”
Apparently after this “bust” safeguards were placed to avoid a major crisis at the time, but as of tomorrow those safeguards are no longer effective. To see if your computer is safe, go to this link which I promise you is safe: dns-ok.us and if the picture is green, you’re okay, and if not, you may be infected and accessing internet sites will be a problem. From this page you can access this FBI link (which I’ve provided for you). FBI — International Cyber Ring That Infected Millions of Computers Dismantled
All of my information has come through Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy, a show I regularly access to try to increase my measly understanding of all things technical. I have been listening all morning to his concern about this problem, and thought I’d pass it along. We’ll find out tomorrow if the FBI’s concerns about shut downs are going to come true.
I suggest you follow the links and just see for yourself. Wishing you well…