RENO, NV - They hijacked computers all over the world, directing internet searches to malicious sites and fake products. The international crime-ring infected more than 277-thousand computers worldwide, including 64,000 here in the United States. If your computer is one of them, come Monday, you won't be able to connect to the internet unless you've fixed the problem.
In November, the FBI worked with law enforcement agencies around the world to take down criminals in Estonia who created the DNS Malware. Sgt. Dennis Carrey of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office says it works by redirecting your browsing session to an unintended site. Most of the time those sites are made to look like one you know and trust, on the other end is a criminal looking at all your information. The hackers were shut down in the fall, and since then the government has been maintaining servers to keep infected users on line.
That agreement ends Monday, and anyone who hasn't scrubbed the malware off their computer will have trouble connecting to the internet. Fortunately fixing the problem is simple. All you have to do is go the website www.dcwg.org find the button titled "detect" and follow the steps.
Sgt. Carry says most people who routinely update their computers should be ok, but a clean test for this malware doesn't mean your computer isn't infected with something else. He says DNS Malware is unusual, but attacks by malicious hackers are not uncommon. That's why it's important to install security software, updating it regularly to stop new threats as they are developed and discovered.