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FBI warns hundreds of thousands may lose access to the internet in July after massive hackers' advertising scam infects computers

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose access to the internet by July following a hackers' scam - and they don't even know it.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world.

In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
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Now, the FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

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

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent, said: 'We started to realise that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because ... if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service.

'The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found' and think the Internet is broken.'

On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using.

Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn't enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.

Grasso added: 'The full court press is on to get people to address this problem.'

Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide.

Article continues ........

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'Grasso', what an appropriate name.

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smeggypants wrote:FBI warns hundreds of thousands may lose access to the internet in July after massive hackers' advertising scam infects computers

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose access to the internet by July following a hackers' scam - and they don't even know it.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world.

In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
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Use your lappy in the dark or else


Now, the FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

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

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent, said: 'We started to realise that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because ... if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service.

'The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found' and think the Internet is broken.'

On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using.

Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn't enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.

Grasso added: 'The full court press is on to get people to address this problem.'

Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide.

Article continues ........


Don't worry about it. Any problen that arises of that nature will be fixed within 24 hours. It's all scaremongering.

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smeggypants wrote:FBI warns hundreds of thousands may lose access to the internet in July after massive hackers' advertising scam infects computers

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose access to the internet by July following a hackers' scam - and they don't even know it.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world.

In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
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Use your lappy in the dark or else


Now, the FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

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

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent, said: 'We started to realise that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because ... if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service.

'The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get `page not found' and think the Internet is broken.'

On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using.

Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn't enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.

Grasso added: 'The full court press is on to get people to address this problem.'

Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide.

Article continues ........


Don't worry about it. Any problen that arises of that nature will be fixed within 24 hours. It's all scaremongering.

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I'm not :) - Interesting some of the comments on the Mail article though :thumb:

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:D :D

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crumbs wrote:The last thing crumbs would do is visit an FBI website to have his computer 'cleaned'.


Same here lol :D



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Our dishwasher is going to cease to work!!!!

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smeggypants wrote:Our dishwasher is going to cease to work!!!!

My wife gave up years ago lmao!!

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LOL :)

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