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Malware Could Strand Thousands When Domains Go Dark on Monday (Wired)
Tens of thousands of U.S. Internet users could be left in the digital dark on Monday when the FBI pulls the plug on domains related to DNSChanger malware. Computers belonging to an estimated 64,000 users in the United States, and an additional 200,000 users outside the United States, are still infected with the malware, despite repeated warnings in the news, email messages sent by ISPs and alerts posted by Google and Facebook. The Wall Street Journal In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet. The temporary Internet system they set up, however, will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday. CNBC Hackers are to blame for the malware attack, which was part of an international online advertising scam. The malicious software disabled users’ antivirus software, which could also make their computer prone to other issues. San Jose Mercury News Google and Facebook each used different technical methods of determining which users might have the DNSChanger infection, according to security consultant Barry Greene, a member of the public-private working group that’s been tackling the problem. While Google has alerted users to a potential malware threat once before, Greene said he wasn’t aware that Facebook had ever done so. Google began showing notices to affected users in May; Facebook followed suit last month. AP To check whether a computer is infected, users can visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: The site includes links to respected commercial sites that will run a quick check on the computer, and it also lays out detailed instructions if users want to actually check the computer themselves. The Globe and Mail Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online. They will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.

Apple Removes First Trojan App to be Listed in the App Store (VentureBeat)
“Find and Call,” the first malicious app to make it into the iOS App Store was removed Thursday, after reports surfaced of it stealing address books and spamming contacts. The app, first noticed by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab, paraded as a utility app and a way to organize your contacts, when it was actually stealing the phone’s address book and targeting friends and family with spam messages and emails. CNET The company said in a statement that only a small number of users were affected by the glitch. “We had a temporary issue that began [Wednesday] with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded,” Apple said. “The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again. Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it.” GigaOM Instapaper developer Marco Arment pinpointed the problem as coming from Apple’s own App Store and brought the issue to public attention on his blog. Over the past two days he cataloged more than 100 apps that were experiencing the issue up until Thursday.

HootSuite and HubSpot Chase Guinness World Record for Largest Webinar, Ever (VentureBeat)
In six days, Hootsuite and HubSpot will try to break the Guiness record for the largest webinar in history. Currently, the record stands at 10,899. HubSpot should know: It set the record itself in 2011.

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