FBI Explains Why Thousands Will Likely Lose Internet Services on Monday. You Can Check Now to See Whether Your Computer Is OK

Jul 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"Tens of thousands of Americans could be in jeopardy of losing their Internet service Monday, July 9, 2012, due to a malware virus that was spread over a year ago," reports washington.cbslocal.com, along with a number of other media outlets, including an Associated Press story on the website of USA Today.

Here’s what’s going on, according to the CBS Local article. Some international hackers ran a scam more than 12 months ago that was "designed to take over more than half a million infected computers worldwide. The alarming realization by the FBI came when the agency discovered that if they turned off the servers controlling the infected computers, all the victims would lose Internet service altogether."

So, according to the CBS Local article, "The FBI employed a private company to install two clean Internet servers to overtake the infected servers so people will not suddenly lose their Internet connections, but that temporary system will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, July 9, 2012."

The CBS Local story concludes, "The FBI says that most victims don’t even know their computers are infected but the software may have already slowed their web surfing ability and disabled antivirus software."

To see whether your computer is infected, visit the website set up by the FBI here.

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