09 Jul Lost internet due to Botnet, FBI
Some of you have asked us about the media’s recent coverage on sudden internet shut down today. Most people have no reason to be alarmed. This is not an infection, but a result of one if you were infected at some point in the past. If your internet is currently working, then you are not affected by this. A way to double check and, more information, is below.
IF YOU WANT TO DOUBLE CHECK ANYWAY:
1. Go to this website: http://www.dns-ok.us/
2. If it shows green then your computer won’t be affected by this. If it shows red, reply to this email or call us at (866) 220-4720 and let us know immediately so we can provide you with our availability to fix this problem.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROBLEM:
At 12:01 a.m. EDT, the FBI planned to shut down the Internet servers set up as a temporary safety net to keep infected computers online for the past eight months. The court order the agency obtained to keep the servers running expired, and it was not renewed.
The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.
In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up the safety net. The bureau brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.