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Widespread cyber attacks prompts FBI to take some computers offline today

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An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory
An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory

MADISON, Wis. (WRN) – If your computer isn't working at all today, it could be the work of the FBI and a particular trojan that's spread across the internet.

Cyber criminals in Estonia are accused of spreading the trojan, whose purpose is to redirect traffic from legitimate websites to malicious locations. The FBI had tracked down the source of the malware, called DNS Changer, and is maintaining servers to keep users online until all computers are rid of the malware. But, they can't do that forever. Information Security Instructor at Madison College (MATC) Mike Masino says the FBI plans to take down that safety net on Monday. “At that point, your equipment will just stop working.”

Despite the warnings, the FBI estimates there are likely over 260-thousand machines worldwide still infected from the cyber attack. (That number is down from an estimated 360-thousand in April and nearly twice that amount more than a year ago. Nearly 70-thousand users in the U.S. are believed to be affected.) The malware also prevents anti-virus software from being updated, thereby making the computer vulnerable to more attacks.

Considering the number of Internet scams and pop-up alerts, this FBI warning almost sounds like a scam, but Masino confirms this is legitimate.

ON THE WEBhttp://dns-ok.us/

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