Have you heard that FBI might shut down the Internet next month?
Like many question before it, this desperate warning is floating around blogs and sites. It even names a date: March 8 as the day the FBI might
shut down the Internet.
While yes, an untold number of people may lose their Internet connection in less than three weeks, if they do they only have vicious web criminals(hacker) to blame and certainly not the (FBI).
If people end up in the dark on March 8 it’s because they’re still infected with the malware called DNScharger.
So the current problem isn’t that the FBI will be shutting down the Internet when the 120 days runs out on March 8, it’s that many people and organizations haven’t removed the malware from their computers. In fact, as many as half of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies are delinquent in updating, according to some reports.
the best way to know is to have them checked out by a computer professional,
However, it does offer a resource paper [PDF] with guidance to make that DYI yourself, although even if you find out your system is infected the FBI says you still need a pro to scrub your machine.
Another alternative is you can use the free Avira DNS Repair Tool to figure out if a computer is using one of the temporary DNS servers. Unfortunately, the tool only works on Windows and doesn't actually remove the Trojan.
Need help? network administrators can send a request to one of the members of the DCWG and home users can use the step-by-step instructions at the DCWG Web site to see if they’re infected with the DNSChanger malware.