Boycott Watch  
April 22, 2012
FBI Warns Public about Computer Virus That May Shut Down Millions of Computers
Summary: Thanks to the FBI, a free check is available for this one particular virus.
   Computer viruses are annoying, to say the least, and the cost of lost data is staggering. Even computer experts are hits with viruses and lose data. It is unusual, however, for the FBI to get involved in such cases, and when it does, you know it's big. Such is the case with a virus that has resulted in federal prosecution in the case of United States V. Vladimir Tsastsin Et. Al. In this case, seven people were arrested for attempting to take over the computer world by altering the Internet DNS, the road-map which tells computers where to get information on the Internet.

   In a statement, the FBI wrote: "The FBI is seeking information from individuals, corporate entities and Internet Services Providers who believe that they have been victimized by malicious software ("malware") related to the defendants. This malware modifies a computer's Domain Name Service (DNS) settings, and thereby directs the computers to receive potentially improper results from rogue DNS servers hosted by the defendants."

   For consumers, the question now is, are you affected and if so, how do you clean it up? The FBI recommends a website which will check your computer, tells you if you are safe and if not, gives you instructions of how to clean up the problem.

   Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch said "This virus is essentially a computer time-bomb. People may not know they are affected until it is too late and if ignored, all your data, and possibly the computer systems of large companies, may be completely destroyed. It is imperative that people take all feasible precautions."

   Boycott Watch thanks the FBI for its diligence.

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