Microsoft Scams

Recently I had conversation with one of our customers on a phone call they had received from someone stating they were from Microsoft.  Within this conversation the Microsoft representative stated that they have an infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide. Thankfully our customer, they don’t do anything with their computer unless their son is home to help them out.

These hackers have taken advantage of vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to install malicious software on the victim computers. This turned off their antivirus updates and changed the way the computers reconcile website addresses behind the scenes on the Internets domain name system.

The hackers earned profits from advertisements that appeared on websites that victims were tricked into visiting. The scam netted the hackers at least $14 million, according to the FBI. It also made thousands of computers reliant on the rogue servers for their Internet browsing.

The FBI has arrested six Estonians last November. The number of victims is hard to pinpoint, but the FBI believes that on the day of the arrests, at least 568,000 unique Internet addresses were using the rogue servers. Five months later, FBI estimates that the number is down to at least 360,000. The U.S. has the most, about 85,000, federal authorities said. Other countries with more than 20,000 each include Italy, India, England and Germany. Smaller numbers are online in Spain, France, Canada, China and Mexico.

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.

If you have received a phone call similar to this, please call the Attorney General’s Office.

Avoid Scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

 

 

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