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Google To Inform Users of Infection

Google To Inform Users of Infection

For sectors that relying heavily on computer-based processes to support their business accounting community, such as the accounting community, cybersecurity is a major worry. IT departments take measures to install virus scanners and other protective programs on the hardware that accesses their network. However, sometimes, malware can skirt even the most stringent of protective features.

Google ids DNSChanger

According to Security News, Google has identified the DNSChanger Trojan, a destructive malware family wreaking havoc on many computers now. Google users that operate on infected computers can expect to see a message above search results that will read, "Your computer appears to be infected," the source detailed.

Google's security engineer Damian Menscher explained on his blog that the message will also be accompanied by a link that can help computer operators remove the virus from their computer. They decided on this course of action after a million customers were alerted about a different virus last year. However, users may want to run their own software scans, as Menscher warned they probably won't be able to tell every affected computer owner they have a problem.

FBI involvement

Because experts have discovered the virus is particularly malevolent, the FBI has gotten involved. After DNSChanger made its first appearance in November 2011, Security News reported, and 4 million computers around the world were infected, the FBI set up servers that would allow infected computers to still have internet access while disinfecting.

However, due to a March federal court ruling, that will only the case until the beginning of July. After that, the proxy servers will cease to run and computers that are still infected may be stripped of their internet-enabling capabilities. While some experts place the number of currently infected computers at 350,000, more recent figures believe 500,000 users have been affected, Security News reported. 

International impact

The FBI's plan to deactivate the internet for those who have been affected is not limited to users in the United States, TNT Magazine noted. The source estimated the number of infected British computers to be at 20,000, which could all lose access after the servers are gone.

TNT Magazine also reported DNSChanger comes from criminals in Estonia. The worst part about the virus is that it prohibits users on the infected computers from going to secure websites, which is one of the only ways to debug a computer. Six men were charged for fraud, the source said, and people from over 100 countries have been affected by the malware.