Web Service May Die for Hundreds of Thousands
FBI advises Windows users to visit security website
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2012 1:44 PM CDT
Windows computer users, beware: Your Internet access may end in July.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The FBI says it's time for Windows users to make sure their computers aren't infected by an unusual virus. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are infected and will be unable to surf the Web after July 9, the AP reports. It all started when an Estonian hacker gang allegedly installed malicious software on more than 570,000 computers. Then, when those users surfed the Web, the gang rerouted them through rogue servers to other websites in order to rake in advertising dollars.

Enter the FBI, which rounded up six Estonians last November—and realized that all those infected computers would be unable to surf the Web once the rogue servers were shut down. So the FBI set up its own server system to keep those computers Web-worthy. Now the FBI says it's tired of playing Web server (and the feds are tired of paying for it—about $87,000 so far). So Windows users are advised to visit www.dcwg.org, which will show you whether you've been infected and guide you through a quick fix.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Web Service May Die for Hundreds of Thousands is...
22%
10%
8%
5%
4%
51%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 18 comments
USLady
Apr 26, 2012 11:36 AM CDT
This would not have to do with everyone! it may even be political,Obama may feel he can get more votes if people have less information about what he is doing,you get much more information over the internet then what they give you on the news.Some freedom issues all coming together at the same time seems very odd? here are a few> Utah building to keep track of all Americans on the internet an what they do,what they watch -your passwords,your bank account,Google>this March changed their website and services to keep track of every user on any service they have,their website,youtube,anything and store your information.They are trying to put regulations of what you can do on the ocean water an make it where they have the right to control what you do on the water in any way.And other issues.The fact is Americans want to keep our privacy and freedom,what they are doing is against our constitution an is an invasion of all our rights and privacy! and they are just doing whatever they want to us! we have to stop them from having the rights to do this! it is insane! one piece of our freedom at a time! These sorry people are trying to have control of all Americans and our rights! It is wrong!
InferiorToYou
Apr 23, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
" Service Unavailable. Please try again later."
Itchywolf
Apr 22, 2012 1:06 AM CDT
LOL, if you think this is a hoax or a trick the FBI is using to infect your computer, it's time to learn how your computer works. I'm guessing you think hackers can see video of you through your monitor, even if you don't have a webcam. I'm also guessing you still use Internet Explorer, have never heard of AdBlock Plus, and still using Mcafee or Norton and you haven't downloaded a product update in a year and a half. You might even be running like 3 or 4 different antivirus antimalware programs thinking that makes you safer, and wondering why your computer runs so slow. Enjoy being paranoid and ignorant. Sounds fun. I clean viruses off my machine manually after infecting myself on purpose. Because it's fun and it keeps my skills sharp. Don't you people use Linux as a secondary OS? I have a boot stick with Linux on it, it's the only way to be sure. If you think just having a single AV program on your computer protects you, you're just as stupid as the guy running 5 different AV's on his machine. Never heard of Root-kits I imagine? The only way to be sure you don't have a virus in your Windows OS, is not to boot up into your windows OS. Learn how to use your god damn computer before pretending to know what you're talking about, spreading ignorance and paranoia wherever you go.