Is there a possible malware attack on July 9?
On my neighborhood listserv, a couple of people (trustworthy but not necessarily knowledgeable), wrote that there was a serious malware attack that may hit some computers on Monday. Is there any truth to this? if so, what should we do to take precautions? One somewhat more tech-knowledgable neighbor suggested downloading ubuntu and burning a cd so that if our computers crashed, we could use the live cd to get it operating? is that necessary?
Here's the gist of what one neighbor wrote:
"There is a warning about a malware attack on computers that is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 9.
The reports are directing people to an FBI site http://www.dcwg.org
The site is suppose to help guide users through a check to see if they have a virus in computers that will be activated on Monday.
I thought it might be a scam but I found several reports from various news sources.
Still not sure it is a real warning and have not accessed the FBI website .
Any computer experts with suggestions?"
I looked at recent posts here and didn't find anything so I thought I should ask.