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Warning to you windows' users. You might have had your computer hacked. Due to the importance of this issue, here is the story en toto with directions at the bottom on how to check your computer and clean it. Info from the FBI:
WASHINGTON — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner — http://www.dcwg.org — that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.
Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.
“We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because … if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service,” said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. “The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get ‘page not found’ and think the Internet is broken.”
On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using. Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn’t enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR COMPUTER:
Here’s how the FBI says you can check your computer: Go to http://www.dcwg.org Click on “Detect” in the upper left corner, or on the Green Button next to it. You will be directed to a new page. Pick your language from the list and click on the link next to it. If your computer is not infected, you will see a green logo with the message: “DNS Resolution=Green. Your computer appears to be looking up IP addresses correctly!” If you see that message, you don’t need to do anything more. If you see a message with a red logo saying your computer appears to be infected, you will be directed to a new page. You will be directed to websites that will provide antivirus tools that cybersecurity experts have identified as being effective in removing the malware. The website also provides information on the case and the malware.
The Legal Aid Society of Louisville will have its signature fundraising event, the Brush, Bottle, and Barrel of the Bluegrass, April 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mary Rodes Lannert Athletic Center at Louisville Collegiate School, 2427 Glenmary Ave.
In 2011 more than 500 people attended the event that raised more than $45,000 for Legal Aid.
The ninth annual Brush, Bottle and Barrel will be a preview for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. Fifteen select artists who participate in the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair will display and sell their art in advance of the fair.
The fundraiser will also feature tastings of Kentucky wines, bourbons, beers, and a liqueur, with numerous vendors on site promoting their products.
The law firm of Stites & Harbison is the event’s gold sponsor, with support from many other sources.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at the door, or in advance at www.laslou.org or call (502) 584-1254. ((OK)) Free valet parking will be available at the event.
Legal Aid is a non-profit organization that provides civil legal assistance to families and individuals in poverty in 15 counties in Kentucky.
Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk David Nicholson is one of 25 county government leaders from across the country chosen by the National Association of Counties to attend an annual leadership meeting in Washington, D.C., June 3-7.
Courier Journal: Note that Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tom Van De Rostyne is a a candidate in this year's election to be the new Commonwealth Attorney as Mr. Stengel is not running for reelection. Other candidates are Court of Appeals Judge Tom Wine, Circuit Court Judge Steve Ryan, and former Assistant Commonwealth attorney Carol Cobb.
The family of a slain teen wants the assistant prosecutor who requested that a suspect in the case be released from prison to be fired.
Teri Tharpe, a cousin of 15-year-old Gregory Holt, said Thursday that the family has petitioned Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel to dismiss assistant Tom Van De Rostyne, who requested James Mallory’s release in exchange for his testimony against several defendants.
“We are sickened by our realization of what has taken place,” Tharpe, 46, said in a press conference at a parking lot on Berry Boulevard near Churchill Downs.