Malware Scare

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday; how to check whether you are vulnerable

My Father shared this article with me on last Thursday. As I read it, I was somewhat amused because it appeared to be an attempt to sensationalize a non-news or old news issue. Then I got to thinking, I’m feeling this way because of my exposure to the IT through the eyes of my position at CSI Onsite, not as a normal human computer user. That’s right, we aren’t normal here at CSI, we are…unique. Like any industry, when you are a part of it, what the outside world sees compared to an insider’s vantage point can be very different.

Because of my time spent with our technicians I could see that the issue the article addressed was an easy fix for any competent tech. While I understand the problem myself, I would trust myself to fix the issue, which could end up being more of a problem than the 1st issue.

So what is the big deal?  What is the issue? Basically some hackers developed a method of installing a program/malware on a person’s computer (in the “Registry“) a new, nasty “DNS” pointer.  Because of this when the person attempts to surf the web, that malware causes their computer to go to the hackers (the bad guys) servers. From that point on, all sorts of nefarious actions become possible. The FBI caught the hackers a while back and put into place of the hack-servers, some clean servers to deal with the situation. As of Monday they have shut down those servers, so any computers not yet repaired will in effect hit a dead end. If that is the case contact CSI Onsite, 952-928-1788 and we will take care of you.

To avoid a lot of these possibilities we recommend safe surfing habits. To learn more about what that means read our June 24th blog entitled Safe Internet Use – MN BAR Association Training Power Point.  To learn more about malware peruse our entitled

Chasing Gremlins Review: Malware, Worms, Viruses…all the icky stuff of IT

Have a great week and we hope you are enjoying your summer.